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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Side effects
Forteocalcitonin
  • Dizziness 3%
  • Joint pain 2%
  • Fainting 2%
  • Leg cramps 2%
  • Muscle weakness 2%
  • Inflammation inside the nose 1%
  • Indigestion 1%
  • Vertigo 1%
  • Low mood disorder 1%
  • Tooth disorder 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
Osteoporosis
Parathyroid hormone
Prescription only
Coming soon.
Available as
Forteocalcitonin
  • Injection
  • Nasal spray
Used for (click to learn more)
Forteocalcitonin
  • Hypercalcemia Paget's 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
    • Digoxin use
    Detailed Forteo (Teriparatide) risks & warnings »
    Coming soon.
    Pregnancy category
    Forteocalcitonin
    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    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.

    See the FDA package insert
    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    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.

    See the FDA package insert
    Alcohol
    No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
    Food
    No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
    Kidneys and liver
    • 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.
    No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
    Sex
    No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
    Sleep
    No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
    Weight
    No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
    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.
    Coming soon.
    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.
    Coming soon.
    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.
    Coming soon.
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