FORTEO® is a synthetic parathyroid hormone made in your body that acts to regulate bone growth and bone strength. FORTEO® is a prescription injection medication manufactured by Eli Lily and Company.

FORTEO® is currently FDA-approved for treatment of postmenopausal women at high risk for fracture, for treatment of men and women at high risk for fracture due to use of glucocorticoid medicines, and to increase bone mass in men.

FORTEO® requires a valid prescription from your prescriber. Ocean Breeze Healthcare can provide the FORTEO® as well as most of the supplies you would need to administer FORTEO®.

What form is FORTEO® currently available?

FORTEO® is available in sterile, pre-filled pen form.
It is available as a multi-dose prefilled delivery device (pen) containing 28 daily doses of 20 mcg.

What are some potential side effects of FORTEO®?

The most common side effects include, but are not limited to, nausea, joint aches, and pain.
Usually within 4 hours of taking FORTEO® for the first few doses, you may experience dizziness, a fast heartbeat, or feel faint due to a decrease in blood pressure when you change positions.

FORTEO® may cause increased calcium in your blood. Signs, such as nausea, vomiting, constipation, low energy, or muscle weakness, may indicate too much calcium in your blood and should be reported to your healthcare provider.

These are not all the possible side effects of FORTEO®. If you are experiencing any unwanted side effect(s) or have any specific questions or concerns regarding a side effect, contact your doctor or pharmacist. You may also report the side effect(s) to the FDA at, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

How do you administer FORTEO®?

FORTEO® needs to be injected subcutaneously in order for the medication to work. FORTEO® pen device must be used with pen needles. Your doctor will tell you which type of needles to use with the FORTEO® pen. For detailed instructions, please refer to the FORTEO® user manual. (PDF: Forteo User Manual)

How do you store FORTEO®?

FORTEO® must be stored in the refrigerator (36° – 46° Fahrenheit) at all times. Do not freeze.

How long does FORTEO® last?

Unopened FORTEO®, while stored in the refrigerator, is stable until the indicated expiration date listed on the packaging. After the initial use, FORTEO® is stable up to 28 days in the refrigerator. Each FORTEO® pen contains a total of 28 doses (pre-set to give 20mcg per dose).

Commonly Asked Questions

Q:How do you mix FORTEO®?
A:FORTEO® is a prefilled pen device; no mixing is necessary.
Q:Are there any preservatives in FORTEO®?
A:Yes, FORTEO® contains metacresol.
Q:How often do I take FORTEO®?
A:You should take FORTEO® exactly as prescribed by your doctor. In general, FORTEO® is given as a          once-a-day injection.

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