The easy-to-use
FORTEO DELIVERY DEVICE

LEARN HOW TO INJECT WITH FORTEO

Inject FORTEO in the thigh or abdomen once daily for 24 months* with the easy-to-use FORTEO Delivery Device. FORTEO must be injected. You cannot take FORTEO as a pill because your stomach would digest the medicine before it has a chance to work.

*You should not take FORTEO for more than 2 years over your lifetime.

Before your first injection

Before you try to inject FORTEO by yourself, have your healthcare provider teach you how to use the FORTEO Delivery Device correctly. Contact your Personal Support Specialist through FORTEO Connect™ for personal, one-on-one instruction. Please talk to your healthcare provider about appropriate injection site rotation.

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Need additional injection information?

Review the FORTEO Delivery Device User Manual

Is the delivery device easy to use?

Yes! In fact, 99.5% of users in a clinical study found it easy to use.

The FORTEO Delivery Device uses a needle significantly smaller than a typical flu shot needle.

Please refer to the FORTEO User Manual and consult your healthcare provider before injecting yourself for the first time.

Things to know about Forteo

  • You can take FORTEO with or without food or drink.
  • Do not freeze the FORTEO Delivery Device. Do not use FORTEO if it has been frozen. FORTEO should look clear and colorless. Do not use FORTEO if it has particles in it, or if it is cloudy or colored.
  • Inject FORTEO right away after you take the delivery device out of the refrigerator. After each use, safely remove the needle, recap the delivery device, and put it back in the refrigerator right away.
  • Inject FORTEO one time each day in your thigh or abdomen (lower stomach area). Talk to a healthcare provider about how to rotate injection sites.
  • You can take FORTEO at any time of the day. To help you remember to take FORTEO, take it at about the same time each day.
  • If you forget or cannot take FORTEO at your usual time, take it as soon as you can on that day. Do not take more than one injection in the same day.
  • Do not use FORTEO after the expiration date printed on the delivery device and packaging.
  • Throw away the FORTEO Delivery Device after 28 days even if it has medicine in it (see the User Manual).
  • The FORTEO Delivery Device has enough medicine for 28 days. It is set to give a 20-microgram dose of medicine each day. Do not inject all the medicine in the FORTEO Delivery Device at any one time.
  • If you take more FORTEO than prescribed, call your healthcare provider. If you take too much FORTEO, you may have nausea, vomiting, weakness, or dizziness.
  • Do not transfer the medicine from the FORTEO Delivery Device to a syringe. This can result in taking the wrong dose of FORTEO.
  • For information on disposal of your sharps (needles and delivery devices):

    sharps disposal brochure

  • Becton, Dickinson and Company pen needles are recommended for use with this device.

For day-to-day use, your FORTEO Delivery Device should be stored inside the refrigerator (36°F to 46°F [2°C to 8°C]). Do not freeze the delivery device, and don't use FORTEO if it has been frozen. If you think the delivery device has been frozen, please call FORTEO Connect™ at 1-866-4-FORTEO (1-866-436-7836). After each use, safely remove the needle and recap the delivery device.

If the delivery device has been left out of the refrigerator for more than a few minutes or stored incorrectly, do not throw the delivery device away. Put the device back in the refrigerator and call FORTEO Connect™ at 1-866-4-FORTEO (1-866-436-7836) if you have any questions.

Preparing to travel with FORTEO

For daily use, FORTEO should be refrigerated. When traveling and refrigeration is unavailable, the FORTEO Delivery Device can remain at room temperature conditions (77°F [25°C]) for up to a total of 36 hours per device. Pack the needles you'll need for your trip. Keep FORTEO with you when traveling to prevent it from being damaged, lost, or exposed to extreme temperatures. Do not put FORTEO in the trunk of a car or in checked baggage. Refrigerate FORTEO as soon as you arrive at your destination.

Taking FORTEO on airplanes

Traveling by air requires a few extra considerations. Remember, you have the right to bring medically necessary supplies on board a plane. Just follow these steps:

  • Always carry a copy of your FORTEO prescription label, which is attached to your FORTEO Delivery Device box. You may be asked to verify that the FORTEO Delivery Device and needles belong to you.
  • Make sure your needles are sealed and not attached to your FORTEO Delivery Device. (Some airlines may not allow you to bring unsealed needles onto a plane).
  • Never check your FORTEO Delivery Device with your checked luggage. Always bring it with you onto the airplane as a carry-on, as the temperature in the checked luggage area is not always controlled and may become too hot or cold.
  • At the security checkpoint, tell the security officers that you are carrying medication that you need to bring on board with you.
  • It is okay to pass your FORTEO Delivery Device through a standard airport security scanner.
  • Consult TSA for the latest guidance in traveling with medicine and needles. Visit the TSA website or call the TSA Contact Center toll-free at 1-866-289-9673.
  • When traveling abroad with medications, refer to the US Department of State Tips for Traveling Abroad website for guidelines.

If you have additional questions on traveling, please call FORTEO Connect™ at 1-866-4-FORTEO (1-866-436-7836).

If your FORTEO Delivery Device isn't working as it should, Please review the troubleshooting guide.

Troubleshooting Guide  

For instructions on how to use your FORTEO Delivery Device, refer to the User Manual. If you still need help with the delivery device, please call FORTEO Connect™ at 1-866-4-FORTEO (1-866-436-7836).

Still have questions? Call FORTEO Connect™ at 1-866-4-FORTEO (1-866-436-7836).

Here is some Important Safety Information you should know about FORTEO:

The FORTEO Delivery Device has enough medicine for 28 days. It is set to give a 20-microgram dose of medicine each day. Keep your FORTEO Delivery Device in the refrigerator between 36° F to 46° F (2° C to 8° C). Do not freeze the FORTEO Delivery Device. Do not use FORTEO if it has been frozen. Do not use FORTEO after the expiration date printed on the delivery device and packaging. Throw away the FORTEO Delivery Device after 28 days even if it has medicine in it (see the User Manual).

FORTEO is a prescription medication used in both men and postmenopausal women with osteoporosis who are at high risk for having broken bones, or fractures. FORTEO is used in both men and women with osteoporosis due to use of glucocorticoid medicines, such as prednisone, for several months, who are at high risk for having broken bones, or fractures. FORTEO can be used by people who have had a fracture related to osteoporosis, or who have several risk factors for fracture, or who cannot use other osteoporosis treatments.

SAFETY INFORMATION AND BOXED WARNING

What is the most important information I should know about FORTEO?

Warning: Potential Risk of Osteosarcoma

Possible bone cancer. During drug testing, the medicine in FORTEO caused some rats to develop a bone cancer called osteosarcoma. In people, osteosarcoma is a serious but rare cancer. Osteosarcoma has rarely been reported in people who took FORTEO. It is not known if people who take FORTEO have a higher chance of getting osteosarcoma. Before you take FORTEO, you should tell your healthcare provider if you have Paget's disease of bone, are a child or young adult whose bones are still growing, or have had radiation therapy.

Who should not take FORTEO?

  • You should not take FORTEO for more than 2 years over your lifetime.
  • Do not use FORTEO if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in FORTEO. Serious allergic reactions have been reported.

What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking FORTEO?

  • Before you take FORTEO, you should tell your healthcare provider if you have a bone disease other than osteoporosis, have cancer in your bones, have trouble injecting yourself and do not have someone who can help you, have or have had kidney stones, have or have had too much calcium in your blood, take medications that contain digoxin (Digoxin, Lanoxicaps, Lanoxin), or have any other medical conditions.
  • You should also tell your healthcare provider, before you take FORTEO, if you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant. It is not known if FORTEO will harm your unborn baby. If you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed, it is not known if FORTEO passes into your breast milk. You and your healthcare provider should decide if you will take FORTEO or breastfeed. You should not do both.

What are the possible side effects of FORTEO?

  • FORTEO can cause serious side effects including a decrease in blood pressure when you change positions. Some people feel dizzy, get a fast heartbeat, or feel faint right after the first few doses. This usually happens within 4 hours of taking FORTEO and goes away within a few hours. For the first few doses, take your injections of FORTEO in a place where you can sit or lie down right away if you get these symptoms. If your symptoms get worse or do not go away, stop taking FORTEO and call your healthcare provider. FORTEO may also cause increased calcium in your blood. Tell your healthcare provider if you have nausea, vomiting, constipation, low energy, or muscle weakness. These may be signs there is too much calcium in your blood.
  • Common side effects of FORTEO include nausea, joint aches, pain, leg cramps, and injection site reactions including injection site pain, swelling and bruising. These are not all the possible side effects of FORTEO. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of Prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Additional safety information about FORTEO

  • There is a voluntary patient registry for people who take FORTEO. The purpose of the registry is to collect information about the possible risk of osteosarcoma in people who take FORTEO. For information about how to sign up for this patient registry, call 1-866-382-6813 or go to www.forteoregistry.org.
  • The FORTEO Delivery Device has enough medicine for 28 days. It is set to give a 20-microgram dose of medicine each day. Before you try to inject FORTEO yourself, a healthcare provider should teach you how to use the FORTEO Delivery Device to give your injection the right way. Inject FORTEO one time each day in your thigh or abdomen (lower stomach area). Do not inject all the medicine in the FORTEO Delivery Device at any one time. Do not transfer the medicine from the FORTEO Delivery Device to a syringe. This can result in taking the wrong dose of FORTEO. If you take more FORTEO than prescribed, call your healthcare provider. If you take too much FORTEO, you may have nausea, vomiting, weakness, or dizziness.

How should I store FORTEO?

  • Keep your FORTEO Delivery Device in the refrigerator between 36°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C). Do not freeze the FORTEO Delivery Device. Do not use FORTEO if it has been frozen. Do not use FORTEO after the expiration date printed on the delivery device and packaging. Throw away the FORTEO Delivery Device after 28 days even if it has medicine in it (see the User Manual).
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For more safety information, please see Medication Guide and Prescribing Information, including Boxed Warning regarding osteosarcoma. See User Manual that accompanies the delivery device.

SAFETY INFORMATION AND BOXED WARNING

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What is the most important information I should know about FORTEO?

Warning: Potential Risk of Osteosarcoma

Possible bone cancer. During drug testing, the medicine in FORTEO caused some rats to develop a bone cancer called osteosarcoma. In people, osteosarcoma is a serious but rare cancer. Osteosarcoma has rarely been reported in people who took FORTEO. It is not known if people who take FORTEO have a higher chance of getting osteosarcoma. Before you take FORTEO, you should tell your healthcare provider if you have Paget's disease of bone, are a child or young adult whose bones are still growing, or have had radiation therapy.

Who should not take FORTEO?

  • You should not take FORTEO for more than 2 years over your lifetime.
  • Do not use FORTEO if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in FORTEO. Serious allergic reactions have been reported.

What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking FORTEO?

  • Before you take FORTEO, you should tell your healthcare provider if you have a bone disease other than osteoporosis, have cancer in your bones, have trouble injecting yourself and do not have someone who can help you, have or have had kidney stones, have or have had too much calcium in your blood, take medications that contain digoxin (Digoxin, Lanoxicaps, Lanoxin), or have any other medical conditions.
  • You should also tell your healthcare provider, before you take FORTEO, if you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant. It is not known if FORTEO will harm your unborn baby. If you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed, it is not known if FORTEO passes into your breast milk. You and your healthcare provider should decide if you will take FORTEO or breastfeed. You should not do both.

What are the possible side effects of FORTEO?

  • FORTEO can cause serious side effects including a decrease in blood pressure when you change positions. Some people feel dizzy, get a fast heartbeat, or feel faint right after the first few doses. This usually happens within 4 hours of taking FORTEO and goes away within a few hours. For the first few doses, take your injections of FORTEO in a place where you can sit or lie down right away if you get these symptoms. If your symptoms get worse or do not go away, stop taking FORTEO and call your healthcare provider. FORTEO may also cause increased calcium in your blood. Tell your healthcare provider if you have nausea, vomiting, constipation, low energy, or muscle weakness. These may be signs there is too much calcium in your blood.
  • Common side effects of FORTEO include nausea, joint aches, pain, leg cramps, and injection site reactions including injection site pain, swelling and bruising. These are not all the possible side effects of FORTEO. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of Prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Additional safety information about FORTEO

  • There is a voluntary patient registry for people who take FORTEO. The purpose of the registry is to collect information about the possible risk of osteosarcoma in people who take FORTEO. For information about how to sign up for this patient registry, call 1-866-382-6813 or go to www.forteoregistry.org.
  • The FORTEO Delivery Device has enough medicine for 28 days. It is set to give a 20-microgram dose of medicine each day. Before you try to inject FORTEO yourself, a healthcare provider should teach you how to use the FORTEO Delivery Device to give your injection the right way. Inject FORTEO one time each day in your thigh or abdomen (lower stomach area). Do not inject all the medicine in the FORTEO Delivery Device at any one time. Do not transfer the medicine from the FORTEO Delivery Device to a syringe. This can result in taking the wrong dose of FORTEO. If you take more FORTEO than prescribed, call your healthcare provider. If you take too much FORTEO, you may have nausea, vomiting, weakness, or dizziness.

How should I store FORTEO?

  • Keep your FORTEO Delivery Device in the refrigerator between 36°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C). Do not freeze the FORTEO Delivery Device. Do not use FORTEO if it has been frozen. Do not use FORTEO after the expiration date printed on the delivery device and packaging. Throw away the FORTEO Delivery Device after 28 days even if it has medicine in it (see the User Manual).

For more safety information, please see Medication Guide and Prescribing Information, including Boxed Warning regarding osteosarcoma. See User Manual that accompanies the delivery device.

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