Forteo (teriparatide) is used to treat men and women suffering from osteoporosis, the loss of bone density. The drug is a man-made parathyroid hormone, which helps to reduce the risk of bone breakage.
Forteo is a drug that is similar to a natural hormone in your body known as parathyroid and belongs to the drug class parathyroid hormone and analogs. This medication treats osteoporosis in both men and women and is used by people who have a high risk of getting fractures. It works by increasing your bone strength and bone mass helping in decreasing the chances of getting a fracture. In animal studies, Forteo has been found to increase the risk of bone cancer. However, Forteo is not known to increase this risk in humans, so talk to your healthcare provider about individual risk.