Forteo (teriparatide)

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  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

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What is the dosage for teriparatide-injection?

  • The recommended dose for all FDA approved indications is 20 mcg subcutaneously once a day. F
  • orteo should be administered subcutaneously in either the thigh or stomach area.
  • Forteo pens are preset to deliver 20 mcg of medicine with each injection.
  • The safety and effectiveness of Forteo injection has not been studied beyond 2 years of treatment.

Which drugs or supplements interact with teriparatide-injection?


  • Forteo injection should be used cautiously in patients taking digoxin (Lanoxin), a medication used to treat irregular heart rhythms. Forteo increases calcium in the blood and high levels of calcium may increase the risk for digoxin associated side effects.
  • Forteo injection should be used cautiously with other medicines that may increase calcium in the blood.

What else should I know about teriparatide-injection?

What preparations of teriparatide-injection are available?

Prefilled multi-dose pen containing 600 mcg/2.4ml. Each dose is 20 mcg.

How should I keep teriparatide-injection stored?

  • Forteo injection should be stored in the refrigerator between 2 C to 8 C (36 F to 4 F).
  • Pens should be removed from the refrigerator only when ready to use and returned to the refrigerator right after use. Forteo injection should not be stored in the freezer.

REFERENCE: FDA Prescribing Information.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/8/2016

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