• Bone disorders

Forteo Generic Name & Formulations

General Description

Teriparatide (recombinant) 250mcg/mL; soln for SC inj; contains m-cresol.

Pharmacological Class

Hormone (human parathyroid hormone, recombinant).

How Supplied

Prefilled pen (2.48mL)—1


Forteo Indications


Postmenopausal osteoporosis in women who are at high risk for fracture. To increase bone mass in men with primary or hypogonadal osteoporosis who are at high risk for fracture. Treatment of men and women with osteoporosis associated with sustained glucocorticoid therapy at high risk for fracture (see full labeling).

Forteo Dosage and Administration


20mcg SC once daily into thigh or abdominal wall; may treat for up to 2yrs. Use for >2yrs should only be considered if a patient remains at or has returned to having a high risk for fracture.


Not established.

Forteo Contraindications

Not Applicable

Forteo Boxed Warnings

Not Applicable

Forteo Warnings/Precautions


Increased baseline risk for osteosarcoma (eg, open epiphyses, metabolic bone disease, Paget's disease of bone, bone metastases, history of skeletal malignancies, prior skeletal radiation therapy, hereditary disorders predisposing to osteosarcoma), underlying hypercalcemia disorder (eg, primary hyperparathyroidism): avoid. Risk of cutaneous calcification including calciphylaxis in those with underlying autoimmune disease, renal failure. Discontinue if calciphylaxis or worsening of previously stable cutaneous calcification develops. Urolithiasis. Hypercalciuria. Hepatic, renal, or cardiac disease. Pregnancy. Nursing mothers: not recommended.

Forteo Pharmacokinetics

See Literature

Forteo Interactions


Caution with digoxin (teriparatide-induced hypercalcemia increases risk of toxicity). Risk of calciphylaxis when concomitant warfarin or systemic corticosteroid.

Forteo Adverse Reactions

Adverse Reactions

Arthralgia, pain, nausea; transient orthostatic hypotension, hypercalcemia, hyperuricemia, inj site reactions.

Forteo Clinical Trials

See Literature

Forteo Note

Not Applicable

Forteo Patient Counseling

See Literature