A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
This medicine is man-made (synthetic) form of the active part of a natural hormone called parathyroid hormone used in women after menopause and in men to treat bone weakening (osteoporosis). It is used in patients who are at high risk of having fractures, have had fractures, or who cannot use other osteoporosis treatments. This medicine increases bone mass and bone strength, thereby decreasing the chance of getting a fracture. BD ultrafine III pen needles 29G are recommended.
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. This medicine comes with a Medication Guide. Read it carefully. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist any questions that you may have about this medicine. This medicine is provided in a pen device for injection of the drug. A manual is provided with instructions on the proper way to prepare and inject this drug. Ask your pharmacist any questions you may have about giving yourself shots. Inject this medicine under the skin (subcutaneously) into the thigh or abdominal wall usually as a single daily dose or as directed by your doctor. Use a new needle with each dose. Learn how to store and discard needles properly. Some patients get dizzy or a fast heartbeat after the first few doses of teriparatide. For the first few dose.
THIS MEDICINE MAY CAUSE DIZZINESS, lightheadedness, or fainting. To prevent them, sit up or stand slowly, especially in the morning. Also, sit or lie down at the first sign of dizziness, lightheadedness, or weakness. DO NOT DRIVE, OPERATE MACHINERY, OR DO ANYTHING ELSE THAT COULD BE DANGEROUS until you know how you react to this medicine. KEEP ALL DOCTOR AND LABORATORY APPOINTMENT (e.g., calcium) while you are using this medicine. This medicine can increase the amount of calcium in your blood. Before any laboratory test, tell all laboratory personnel you are using this medicine. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. FOR WOMEN: THIS MEDICINE IS NOT RECOMMENDED for use during pregnancy. IF YOU PLAN ON BECOMING