I've been on Forteo for 10 months, with a 24-month plan. No side effects that I've been able to notice. I'm 66 years old. I don't know what will happen when I'm done with the Forteo.
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Thank you Chris. Here's what my doctor wrote back to me:
"You may hold the Forteo for the trip and resume when you return." Then she also included this package insert info:
"Lilly has not identified any safety concerns, including adverse reactions or side effects, associated with temporary interruption or withdrawal of Forteo® (teriparatide [rDNA origin] injection) therapy during our clinical studies or follow-up analyses (Neer, 2001; Orwoll, 2003; Lindsay, 2004; Saag, 2007; Saag 2009; Silverman, 2013).
It is not known how stopping and starting teriparatide effects how it works as teriparatide was studied as a once daily injection without interruptions for 24 months (Forteo Package Insert, 2012)."
Thanks, Chris. My Forteo packages are also shipped in styrofoam box with ice packs, three months' worth at a time. There is good information for travelers on forteo.com and even some links to the US State Department website. Traveling itself isn't the issue, it's that period when I won't be able to keep the stuff chilled!
I'm contacting my endocrinologist today. Still hoping to hear experiences of anyone has stopped and restarted this medication.
I'm 66, female, and have been on daily Forteo injections since March. I have a two-week trip in October during which I will not have dependable access to refrigeration, so I expect to stop the injections for two weeks and resume when I get home. Has anyone here done something like this? What was your experience? Any advice? Your comments can help me be more informed when I discuss my plan with my endocrinologist. Thanks!