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Runny or stuffy nose, joint pain, and weakness are the most commonly reported Forteo side effects. These side effects are generally mild and easily treated. Side effects that are less common but more serious include fainting, depression, high blood calcium, and bone cancer. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you develop any of these potentially serious side effects of Forteo.
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Forteo™ (teriparatide); however, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Forteo. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Forteo side effects with you.)
Forteo has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials, in which a group of people taking the drug have side effects documented and compared to another group not taking the medicine. This way, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
In these studies, the most common side effects of Forteo included:
- Nausea -- in up to 14 percent of people
- Joint pain -- up to 10.1 percent
- Runny or stuffy nose -- up to 9.6 percent
- Weakness -- up to 8.7 percent
- Nausea -- up to 8.5 percent
- Dizziness -- up to 8 percent
- Inflammation and irritation of the stomach (gastritis) -- up to 7 percent
- Cough -- up to 6.4 percent.
Other common Forteo side effects (occurring in 2 to 6 percent of people) included:
- Sore throat
- Indigestion or heartburn
- A spinning sensation (vertigo)
- Leg cramps
- Chest pain