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Important Information for Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking teriparatide if you have:
  • High blood calcium (hypercalcemia)
  • Unexplained high alkaline phosphate levels in the blood
  • Paget's disease of the bone
  • Undergone radiation treatments
  • Bone cancer (or have had bone cancer in the past)
  • Kidney disease, liver disease, or heart disease
  • Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all medicines you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Teriparatide to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)

How Does Teriparatide Work?

Teriparatide is a manufactured version of parathyroid hormone (PTH), a naturally occurring hormone that regulates calcium and phosphate in the body. PTH can have beneficial or harmful effects on bone, depending on the pattern of exposure. Having high PTH all the time (known medically as hyperparathyroidism) can lead to bone loss. However, when PTH is given once a day (such as with teriparatide), it seems to have the opposite effect, helping to build new bone.
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