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Teriparatide is a medication used for treating osteoporosis in men and women who are at high risk for fractures. It is a manufactured version of a naturally occurring hormone that regulates calcium and phosphate in the body. The prescription drug is injected under the skin once daily. Possible side effects include leg cramps, dizziness, and joint pain.

What Is Teriparatide?

Teriparatide (Forteo™) is a prescription osteoporosis medication. It is approved to treat men and women with osteoporosis who are at a high risk for fractures (broken bones). Unlike most other osteoporosis medications, teriparatide cannot be taken orally; instead, it is taken as a daily injection.
(Click What Is Teriparatide Used For? for more information, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with teriparatide. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can be treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of teriparatide include but are not limited to:
  • Dizziness
  • Leg cramps
  • Joint pain.
(Click Side Effects of Teriparatide to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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