Forteo and Men
Studies have shown that Forteo can help increase bone mineral density in men with osteoporosis. Studies have not shown that Forteo prevents broken bones in men. However, this is most likely due to the small number of men in these studies, since studies need many people in order to show any changes in the frequency of broken bones.
Forteo and Steroid-Induced Osteoporosis
Studies have also shown that Forteo can increase bone mineral density in both men and women with osteoporosis due to long-term use of glucocorticoid steroids (such as prednisone).
General considerations for when and how to take Forteo include the following:
- The medication comes in an injectable form. It is injected once daily just under the skin, in the abdomen (lower stomach) or thigh.
- You can take it with or without food.
- You can take it at any time of the day, but it is a good idea to take it at the same time each day.
- Your healthcare provider should teach you exactly how to inject it. Make sure you understand how to give yourself the injections.
- You should be sitting down when you give yourself your first few injections, in case you get dizzy.
- You should use a new needle for each dose.
- Each Forteo pen can be used for only 28 days after the first use. You must discard the pen after 28 days, even if there is some drug left in it.
- You need to make sure that you get enough calcium and vitamin D while taking Forteo, as the medicine cannot build bone without these substances.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.