teriparatide - injection, Forteo
GENERIC NAME: TERIPARATIDE - INJECTION (TER-i-PAR-a-tide)
BRAND NAME(S): Forteo
WARNING: Teriparatide has been shown to increase bone tumors (osteosarcoma) in rats. However, this occurred at doses higher than the usual human dose. It is unknown if this medication can cause bone tumors in humans. Therefore, this medication should not be used by people with increased risk for bone tumors (including people with Paget's disease of bone or people who had radiation treatment involving the bones).
USES: Teriparatide is used to treat bone loss (osteoporosis) in people who have a high risk of getting fractures. It is similar to a natural hormone in your body (parathyroid hormone). It works by increasing bone mass and strength. This effect helps to decrease the risk of getting a fracture.This medication is not recommended for use in children or young adults whose bones are still growing.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014
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