Teriparatide is an injectable drug to help those people that have osteoporosis. Osteoporosis means that your bones are becoming weak and tend to break very easily. This drug can also work for men that have osteoporosis. It works for people that are at a higher risk of fractures, or for those people that have had them.
This drug is part of parathyroid hormone. What it will do is work on strengthening bone mass and bone density the longer you take it.
People should not use Teriparatide in some circumstances. There are people that have an allergy to some of the ingredients in Teriparatide. Other people that have, (1) a history of tumors in the bone, (2) radiation therapy due to bone cancers, (3) your levels of parathyroid hormone, phosphate, or calcium are too high,(4) you are pregnant since it poses a danger to the unborn child, and also, (5) there are other bone diseases that you have. Other precautions on this medication should be taken if you have any form of kidney disease, or you have previously had drug abuse problems.
This drug is in an injectable form that is given to you in the doctors office. You can also learn how to do the injections at home by yourself by following explicit instructions.
Teriparatide like any medication is going to have some potential side effects. Some of these side effects are dizziness, diarrhea, headaches, joint pain, coughing, sore throat, and a heartbeat that is too rapid.
Forteo is another injectable medication for osteoporosis. This is also a synthetic injectable drug from parathyroid hormones.Forteo is also stronger in that it has a tendency to make thinking impaired and can affect judgment. Also, if you have a history of Paget’s Disease, be sure to let your doctor know before they prescribe this drug. If you have had kidney stones, kidney diseases, elevated parathyroid hormone levels, or radiation involving your bones, this should ALL be noted by your treating doctor on your record. Forteo can cause you to feel dizzy or faint, have headaches, nausea, constipation, or diarrhea. If any of these are bothersome talk to your doctor.
While you are taking any of these injectable drugs, it is important that you stop smoking if you smoke. By smoking, you are not allowing the drug to help you any since smoking decreases bone density quite a bit. So really, taking these drugs with osteoporosis would not be worth the trouble if you continue to smoke, especially if you smoke a lot.
Forteo is one of the newest medications on the market in injectable form. Whether or not the benefits outweigh the potential side effects of this drug is between you and your doctor.