› People on Reclast (Zoledronate) have reported breakdown of the jaw bone. This is rare. This can happen if you have oral or dental surgery, or if you have poor oral hygiene. If you notice pain, swelling or an infection in your jaw, talk to your doctor right away. Also, tell your surgeon that you are taking Reclast (Zoledronate).
No food related info.
Kidneys and liver
No kidneys and liver related info.
› 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.
Upsides and benefits
› Available in generic.
› You only have to take this once a year.
› 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.
Downsides and risks
› You have to go to your doctor's office or an infusion center to get each dose by IV infusion.
› 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.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
› Given as an intravenous infusion.
› Eat normally and drink at least two glasses of liquid before your infusion.
› Talk to your doctor if you develop swelling, pain, or a sore in your jaw.
› Call your doctor if you develop pain in your hips, thighs or legs.
› You can take acetaminophen (Tylenol) to lower fever and chills from the infusion.
› If you have to have dental or oral surgery, tell your surgeon that you're taking this medication.
› Drink plenty of liquids while you're on this medication.
› 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.