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Assistance to pay for Forteo

My family income is not below the level required for assistance from the LillyCares program. I'm 67 years old and have just retired (5/31/23) so now I'll be on a Medicare Advantage program. Is there anything else I can try to help cover the extremely high cost of Forteo?

Teriparatide Pen Travel Bag

Does anyone know of a small travel bag for the Teriparatide pen, which will keep cool for long periods of time? I have received one, but it's very large and will not fit into my hand luggage for the plane. ## You might want to try looking for an insulated carrier for insulin, from what I recall when my ex-husband and I would travel with his, the ones he had were the size of a small men's wallet, just a little bit thicker. The FDA lists the typical side effects of Forteo as possibly including nausea, weakness, leg cramps, depression, and back spasms. Ref: Forteo Information Have you tried asking your pharmacist for help?

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Forteo side effects / sickness

I have been taking Forteo for 5 days. I am light headed, feeling of drunkenness, shaky, headaches, nauseous, disoriented, and some blurred vision daily. My doctors office was closed on Friday and at this point I'm scared and not sure to continue taking or not. ## The symptoms that you are describing are all listed as known side effects for forteo. They should only last for around 4 hours, however, they also state that if you experience fainting, unusual tiredness or mental/mood changes such as confusion then you should head to the emergency room as these are serious conditions that need immediate attention. ## From what I read on Medline Plus, nausea is one of the more serious side effects. I don't know about discontinuing use, but I would report what you are experiencing to you...

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Any positive experiences with Forteo?

I am a 63 year old female with osteoporosis. I will start Forteo tonight and have some concerns based on some of the comments. Are there any positive comments that you can share? ## The main thing about reading comments online is that the people who go hunting for a place to ask questions, or make comments about it, are those that have had problems. Most people taking it do just fine, and aren't looking for a site like this to see if others share their experiences. Unfortunately, good experiences are rarely shared. The FDA does warn that Forteo may cause side effects, such as nausea, administration site reaction, headache, leg cramps, and heartburn. Ref: Forteo Information How is it working for you?

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How to use Forteo (Teriparatide) only twice a week

In Japan and Korea, teriparatide (generic of Forteo) is available for once-a-week or twice-a-week-injections -- instead of a daily injection. Their studies show its effectiveness this way is as good as an injection every day. They take 60 micrograms once a week, or 30 micrograms twice a week. Has anybody found a way to take the U.S. injector pen to administer 30 micrograms one time or two times a week?

Traveling with Forteo

How do you take Forteo injections on a plane and travel to Cozumel for two weeks? ## Hello, Janflute! How are you? U.S. Customs, and Border Protection has an information page about traveling with your medications here. They state that you should keep medication in the original containers provided by your pharmacy, with the doctor's prescription on the label, or if they are not in the original containers, you must bring a written prescription from your doctor with you. I've traveled with medications, before, so has most of my family, and the most that was ever done was making sure they were prescribed, and that we were only carrying personal use amounts. Another thing that my doctor advised, which I've always followed, was to keep my medications in a carry on bag, rather than...

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Forteo makes me fat and sad

I've been on Forteo for almost 2 full months. I have been fighting weight gain and losing the fight. I've done juicing, low carb/high fat, and now I'm doing weight watchers with intermittent fasting. Why does the a Forteo literature tell about weight loss but not weight gain? It is obviously an ongoing problem from what I read from other users. In addition to the weight issues, I get very hot and sweaty for several hours and most nights only sleep a couple of hours. I'm depressed and fatigued like apparently most others on Forteo. I've been trying to snap out of it but thinking about asking for some medication for that too. I'm 58 and a lot of these symptoms are common for menopausal/ post- menopausal women, but it's strange it all seemed to just start now. I...

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osterporosis bonebuilding fromEli Lilly ## I think you are referring to Forteo - at least that's how I know it to be spelled. Here's a little background. How does it work? This medicine contains the active ingredient teriparatide, which is a type of medicine called a bone formation agent. Teriparatide is a synthetic version of the human parathyroid hormone, produced by the parathyroid glands. This hormone is involved in the metabolism of calcium and phosphorous. Teriparatide mimics the effects of the natural human hormone and is used to increase bone formation. Bone is not a static structure. There is a continual turnover over of bone in the body; bone is formed by cells called osteoblasts, and is broken down by cells called osteoclasts. In women at the menopause, blood levels o...

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Has Forteo ever restarted menstruation?

Age 49. I've had 18 months of no cycle. On Forteo for 3 weeks and suddenly I wake to menstrual bleeding? Anyone else experience this? ## Hello Marika, According to the NIH Forteo page (sections 5 and 6) and the Forteo website this is not listed as a common/known side effect associated with Forteo. The Forteo website "encourages you to report negative side effects of Prescription drugs to the FDA Visit or call 1-800-FDA-1088". I recommend that you discuss this issue with your primary care doctor immediately as this could be a more threatening issue than simple menstrual bleeding. I hope this helped, let me know if you have any additional questions.

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Forteo indications

Osteoporosis med. Forteo Pen adiministration instructions ## My patient was taking Forteo for 2 months now, but it just so happened that she was not able to purchase another pen ahead of time. Will she able to use the remaining drug in the pen while waiting for the delivery of the next pen? Thank you. ## You should follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer, your doctor, or pharmacist. MJ, it is doubtful, since most will not load and administer it another time, they are meant for their initial uses and that's it. The FDA lists the typical side effects of this medication as possibly including nausea, dizziness, headache, and joint/muscle aches. How are you both doing? ## I am a female of 65 and only started taking forteo shots two months ago. Since I started the new syringe...

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Forteo - painful side effects returning 2 years later

I am a 65 year old female and started taking Forteo at age 63 due to a low bone density and family history of osteoporosis. I had very painful side effects in most of my joints and muscles. I stopped taking it after 3 months and the pain went away after several more months. Two years down the road, and not on any medications, the same pains have returned and have persisted for the last 5 months. The pain is especially bad once I lay down at night. Today I cannot lift my arm over my shoulder, my thumb is so painful I can not write a grocery list and, after hiking 5,000 foot mountains just 6 months ago, I need assistance to get in or out of bed. I have tested negative for bone cancer and Lyme disease. Rheumatoid arthritis has been ruled out but without conclusive testing. Has anyone had t...

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Forteo and bone growth

Has anyone experienced growing/lengthening of bones while taking Forteo? I have been using it for about 5 months now and I think I'm actually growing! At age 51! I was just fitted for new sneakers and went from a size 9 to a 10.5 and I've noticed that the long sleeves on some of my tops have become not so long sleeved. ## The FDA does not list that as being a normal side effect of this medication, but there is no way to say how anyone will be affected by any given medication. The typical side effects are listed as possibly including nausea, dizziness, joint/muscle aches, and administration site reactions. However, there are also other medical conditions that may cause such issues, so it would be best to check with your physician to be sure. Are you on any other medications?

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Forteo for Osteoporosis possible side effects

Does anyone have Celiac and takes Forteo? My doctor prescribed this medicine for my osteoporosis. I am extremely worried about taking this medicine and all the side affects with Forteo. I am 51, post menopause, and have a fractured leg. The bone is taking a lot of time to heal. One side effect I read from Forteo was more fractures. I am looking for any side affects from people with auto immune diseases, not doctors answers. Thank you. ## Hi Alice, I am set to begin my first dosing of Forteo this week and I am very nervous. I am 53 and was dx with Celiac in 2004. I also have multiple other autoimmune dx. One of my long term meds is oral prednisone. Also early menopause at 42 with no artificial medically suggested. I have osteoporosis and osteopenia measurements. Also on warfarin for auto...

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Has anyone taken Forteo for Osteoporosis?

I am a 60 yr.old woman who has taken Prednisone for many yrs for an autoimmune disorder.I was just diagnosed with severe osteoporosis of the spine and osteopenia of the hips and legs. My Doctor Prescribed "Forteo" & gave me No chance to ask questions.Has anyone taking this Daily injection or know anyone that has? What experiences have you had,etc.Side effects, out combs, problems? I need a lot more real Life information before using this drug. Thanks! ## Hello, Kacee! How are you? I've not taken it, but I can provide you with details on the possible side effects. The FDA lists some of the most common ones as possibly including abdominal pain, depression, confusion, constipation, weight loss, increased urination and thirst. Less commons may include irregular heartbeat, ar...

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forteo discount

Do you have a discount card for forteo. My ins says it will cost me 200 a month. I need it for my osteoporosis ## Hello, Donna! How are you? Yes, the manufacturer does have a program to help with this, you can call them to see if you're eligible, the number is 866-436-7836. If you qualify, it can reduce your out of pocket cost to $50 or less. The FDA lists its typical side effects as possibly including administration site reaction, irritation, soreness, redness, headache and dizziness. Is there anything else I can help with?

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Fortel for arthritis?

Is Fortel an arthritis drug? Anyone have any information on it? ## I want information on Fortel. ## Are you possibly referring to Forteo? It contains the active ingredient Teriparatide, this is a from of parathyroid hormone used to help treat Osteoporosis. Some common side effects could include: rash around injection site and possible tiredness. You can read more here: Is this the correct medication? ## My mother is taking Fortel and wants information on it. ## VERY CONCERNED!! My Mom is recovering from 2 compression fractures: L4 and sacrum. And 2 days before discharge from acute rehab complained of groin pain. After being home a week we discovered she had a pelvic fracture/crack While she does have osteoporosis, it really is not that bad for a woman over 80, and she did respond very w...

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Hi . I will be going on a trip to Honduras next month. I have the travel cooler to transport it there. But the hotel in the town I'll be at doesn't have refrigerators in the rooms. I've been looking for a way to keep it cool while I'm there for 10 days. I've looked on line for small medication coolers for meds like Insulin.. I have found 2 different products, but range in price from $55-90. Has anyone had any experience using these? Or have any suggestions for something else? thanks ## Hi, Sharon! Have you tried contacting the hotel? Though they don't have refrigerators in the rooms normally, many of them do keep small ones on hand for patrons that may need them due to medical issues, such as this. Learn more Forteo details here. It may be worth checking with the...

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Forteo and INR

Does taking the drug FORTEO affect one's INR? ## Sorry, this site does not have any doctor or nurses here, what are you referring to as INR? ## It shouldn't as it is a Parathyroid hormone replacement. If you need more information the National Institute of Health is the first place to start. ## Hi, If you are considering taking Forteo, please go to web page and type in the drug's name. There is a year's worth of adverse avents posted here that you won't find any where else and might give you pause for taking this as treatment. ## Does Forteo affect my INR?

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Imax Forte

doctor has suggested me to take Imax forte for iron deficiancy... are there any side effects if i take this cap, i take thyronorm in the morning empty stomach also? ## i will be starting forteo soon> should i be worried about the side effects> i recently fractured my wrist>

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