Learn how to inject with FORTEO (teriparatide injection)

Inject FORTEO in the thigh or abdomen once daily 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.

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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Forteo delivery device needle

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.

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).

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.

How do I 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.

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 medication 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).

Troubleshooting the FORTEO delivery device

If your FORTEO delivery device isn’t working as it should, please review the 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 of the device, please call FORTEO Connect™ at 1-866-436-7836.

How to store your FORTEO Delivery Device:

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).


Here is some important safety information you should know about FORTEO:

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show your healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.

Still have questions?

Call FORTEO Connect™ at 1-866-4-FORTEO (1-866-436-7836).

Indications and Important Safety Information
Indications

FORTEO is a prescription medicine used to treat postmenopausal women who have osteoporosis who are at high risk for having broken bones (fractures) or who cannot use other osteoporosis treatments. FORTEO can lessen the chance of broken bones (fractures) in the spine and other bones in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis. FORTEO is used to increase the bone mass in men with primary or hypogonadal osteoporosis who are at high risk for having broken bones (fractures) or who cannot use other osteoporosis treatments. FORTEO is used to treat 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 (fractures) or who cannot use other osteoporosis treatments.

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

Possible bone cancer. During drug testing, the medicine in FORTEO caused some rats to develop a bone cancer called osteosarcoma. Studies in people have not shown that FORTEO increases your chance of getting osteosarcoma.

There is little information about the chance of getting osteosarcoma in patients using FORTEO beyond 2 years.

Who should not take FORTEO?

  • Do not use FORTEO if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in FORTEO. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction to FORTEO may include swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat that may cause difficulty in breathing or swallowing. Call your healthcare provider right away or get emergency medical help if you get any of these symptoms.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking FORTEO?

  • Before you use FORTEO, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
    • have a certain bone disease called Paget’s disease or other bone disease, have bone cancer or have had a history of bone cancer
    • are a young adult whose bones are still growing
    • have had radiation therapy
    • are affected with a condition that runs in your family that can increase your chance of getting cancer in your bones
    • have or have had too much calcium in your blood (hypercalcemia)
    • have or have had a skin condition with painful sores or wounds caused by too much calcium
    • have or have had kidney stones,
    • take medicines that contain digoxin,
    • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if FORTEO will harm your unborn baby, are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if FORTEO passes into your breastmilk. You should not breastfeed while taking FORTEO.
  • Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show your healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.

What are the possible side effects of FORTEO?

FORTEO may cause serious side effects, including:

  • Bone cancer (osteosarcoma): Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have pain in your bones, pain in any areas of your body that does not go away, or any new or unusual lumps or swelling under your skin that is tender to touch.
  • 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.
  • Worsening of your kidney stones. If you have or have had kidney stones, your healthcare provider may check the calcium levels in your urine while you use FORTEO to see if there is worsening of this condition.
  • Decrease in blood pressure when you change positions. Some people may feel dizzy, get a fast heartbeat, or feel light-headed right after the first few doses of FORTEO. This usually happens within 4 hours of taking FORTEO and goes away within a few hours. For the first few doses, give 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, contact your healthcare provider before you continue using FORTEO.

The most common side effects of FORTEO include: pain, nausea, and joint aches.

These are not all the possible side effects of FORTEO. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You are encouraged to report side effects of prescription drugs to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

For more safety information, please see Medication Guide and Full Prescribing Information. See Full User Manual that accompanies the delivery device.


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Additional safety information 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. 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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