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Brand name: Forteo

Forteo is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) teriparatide. On this page you will find out more about Forteo, including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)

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Active ingredient in this medicine: teriparatide

Information for medicine and pack size:
Forteo 20 microgram/dose injection solution, 28 doses

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

This leaflet may also be found inside the medicine package. It contains information on side effects, age restrictions and other useful data.

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What this medicine is for

FORTEO is indicated for the treatment of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women and the treatment of primary osteoporosis in men when other agents are considered unsuitable and when there is a high risk of fractures. FORTEO is indicated for the treatment of osteoporosis associated with sustained systemic glucocorticoid therapy in women and men at high risk for fracture.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance Clear colourless solution.
Dosage Form Injection, solution
Route of administration Subcutaneous
Medicine schedule
1 x 2.4mL in a 3mL prefilled cartridge [pen]: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Cartridge
Storage temperature Store at 2 to 8 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions Do not Freeze,Refrigerate
Life time 2 Years
We were unable to verify that this medicine is available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme). Please consult your pharmacist if you need further information

The PBS provides a list of government subsidised medicines available to be dispensed to patients. Further information can be found on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme website.

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What you need to know about Osteoporosis

1.2 million Australians are affected by osteoporosis, which means that their bones are fragile and at risk of fracture. A further 6.3 million people have low bone density (osteopenia), a possible precursor to osteoporosis. However, as many as 4 out of 5 people with osteoporosis don’t know that they have it and therefore don’t know that they are at risk of fracturing a bone. This is because osteoporosis is a ‘silent’ disease without obvious symptoms.

Read more on Osteoporosis Australia website

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