teriparatide (Forteo) (cont.)
Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.
Medical and Pharmacy Editor:
PRESCRIBED FOR: Teriparatide is a prescription medicine that is used to treat (1) postmenopausal women with osteoporosis who are at high risk for bone fractures, (2) men with primary or hypogonadal osteoporosis at high risk for fractures, and (3) men and women with osteoporosis due to the use of steroid medicines who are at high risk for fractures.
SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects of teriparatide are
Teriparatide can cause some serious side effects including a drop in blood pressure when getting up from a sitting or lying position (orthostatic hypotension) and increased calcium in the blood.
In animal studies some rats developed osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. Osteosarcoma is a rare but serious form of cancer rarely reported in patients taking teriparatide. To investigate if teriparatide increases the risk of osteosarcoma, a voluntary patient registry has been developed. Patients can get more information about this registry by calling 1-866-382-6813 or visiting www.forteoregistry.rti.org.
SIDE EFFECTS WARNING:
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/19/2015
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