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Teriparatide is used in the treatment of osteoporosis (thin and weak bones which break easily) in men and postmenopausal women who are at a high risk of fractures, may be on corticosteroid therapy, and who cannot take or do not respond to other medications for osteoporosis.

How it works

Teriparatide is a synthetic form of the human parathyroid hormone. It helps the body to build up new bone as well as helps to increase the thickness and density of the existing bones.

Common side effects

Vomiting, Nausea, Back pain, Chest pain, Central nervous system depression, Constipation, Dizziness, Fainting, Shortness of breath, Heartburn, Injection site bleeding, Muscle cramp, Swelling, Muscle weakness, Weakness


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Expert advice

  • Inform your doctor if you have a history of kidney problems or kidney stones; continuous nausea, constipation, lack of energy or muscle weakness as this might be a sign of excess calcium in your body.
  • Inform your doctor if you get pregnant while on therapy with teriparatide. Use appropriate method of contraception while taking this therapy.
  • It is advisable to eat food which is rich in vitamin D and calcium while on therapy with teriparatide. If dietary intake is inadequate, patients should receive calcium and vitamin D supplements.
  • Do not drive or operate machinery as teriparatide may cause dizziness.
  • Teriparatide is not recommended in children and adolescents (below 18 years of age) or in or young adults with open epiphyses (epiphysis is the end of a long bone).
  • Teriparatide should not be used for more than 2 years during the lifetime.

Frequently asked questions


Q. Is teriparatide a steroid?
Teriparatide is not a steroid.
Q. What is teriparatide forteo/ teriparatide acetate?
Teriparatide forteo is the used for osteoporosis. Teriparatide acetate is a different medication which is used for some different indication.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)