Compare Forteo vs. Calcitonin

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Forteo
(teriparatide)

Miacalcin
(calcitonin)

Prevents bone loss. Forteo (Teriparatide) is a good second-choice medication to treat bone loss, but it's only available as an injectable.Coming soon.
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Reviews for Forteo (teriparatide)
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Reviews for Miacalcin (calcitonin)
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-80% worse vs. Forteo (teriparatide)
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-60% worse vs. Forteo (teriparatide)
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+40% better vs. Forteo (teriparatide)
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Side effects
ForteoCalcitonin
  • Inflammation inside the nose 1%
  • Joint pain 2%
  • Muscle weakness 2%
  • Nausea 2%
  • Dizziness 3%
  • Headache 1%
  • Any side effect 1%
  • Sore throat 1%
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How it works
ForteoCalcitonin
Forteo (Teriparatide) works by stimulating cells that build up and strengthen your bones.Coming soon.
Type of medication
ForteoCalcitonin
Prescription only
Available as
ForteoCalcitonin
  • Injection
  • Nasal spray
Used for
ForteoCalcitonin
  • Hypercalcemia Pagets Disease Postmenopausal Osteoporosis
Risk factors for serious side effects
ForteoCalcitonin
  • Paget's bone disease
  • Young people with open epiphyses
  • Hypercalcemia
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • History of kidney stones
Detailed Forteo (teriparatide) risks & warnings »
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    Pregnancy

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Kidneys and liver
    ForteoCalcitonin
    • Forteo (Teriparatide) can cause kidney stones, especially if you have high calcium levels in your urine. If kidney stones are suspected, your doctor can measure the amount of calcium in your urine to see if you are at risk. Be careful using this medication if you have a history of kidney stones.
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    Upsides and benefits
    ForteoCalcitonin
    • If you're unable to use bisphosphonates or are still having fractures despite being on other medications, Forteo (Teriparatide) can be a good alternative.
    • You can start using Forteo (Teriparatide) as soon as you stop using bisphosphonates.
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    Downsides and risks
    ForteoCalcitonin
    • Only available as a brand medication, so it can be expensive.
    • You have to inject this every day, so it may not be a good option if you don't like needles.
    • Shouldn't take this longer than 18 to 24 months since it can increase the risk of bone cancers.
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    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    ForteoCalcitonin
    • You should be sitting or lying down when you inject Forteo (Teriparatide) since it can make you dizzy.
    • You should inject Forteo (Teriparatide) under the skin in either your thigh or stomach.
    • Make sure the liquid in the vial of Forteo (Teriparatide) is clear and colorless before you inject it. Don't use it if it looks cloudy, colored, or if you see particles inside.
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