What is Teriparatide?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Forteo

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A man-made form of the hormone parathyroid that exists naturally in the body. It increases bone density and increases bone strength to help prevent fractures. It is used to treat osteoporosis in those who have a high risk of bone fracture.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Osteoporosis 26 19
Osteopenia 3 1
Broken pelvis 1 0
Broken spine 1 3
Calcium deficiency 1 1
Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis 1 3

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
1
Moderate
3
Mild
6
None
14

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Teriparatide

Side effect Patients
Nausea 3
Dizziness 2
Calcium deficiency 1
Insomnia 1
Muscle and joint pain 1
Muscle pain 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Teriparatide

Dosage Patients
20 mcg daily 4

Why patients stopped taking Teriparatide

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 5
Other 2
Side effects too severe 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Doctor's advice 1
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Duration

Currently taking Teriparatide

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1

Stopped taking Teriparatide

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 22
Usually 2
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 6
A little hard to take 6
Not at all hard to take 10
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 0
< $25 10
Not specified 10
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2 patient evaluations for Teriparatide

Jan 15, 2013 (Started Jan 15, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for to re-build bone density)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for osteoporosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dizziness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 600 mcg/2.4 mL Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 17, 2011 (Started Sep 21, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for osteoporosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 600 mcg/2.4 mL Daily
Advice & Tips: Definitely take this treatment if you can afford it. It is the ONLY osteoporosis drug that has kept me from losing bone mass (the first year) and allowed me to gain some bone mass (the 2nd year). With the allowed treatment at an end I don't know what I am going to do now but my doctor thinks I should stay off all osteoporosis drugs for the following year to see what happens -- perhaps the Forteo will continue to work for a while yet.
Cost: $200+ monthly

Oct 17, 2009 (Started Sep 21, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for osteoporosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 600 mcg/2.4 mL Daily
Advice & Tips: I thought this might be difficult to do myself due to my dexterity problems but it is easier than I thought. This is the last thing for me to try since I've failed Fosamax, and Reclast. Bone density just keeps worsening.
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 1 helpful mark
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