Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Forteo Phase

I had a great meeting with the endocrinologist.  He explained that mega doses of vitamins won't build bone and that there is only so much the body can absorb before the excess is passed as waste.  The endo prescribed Forteo since there is an urgency to get surgery because both sides of ribs are now compressing into lungs and pelvis.  My insurance approved the prescription and the Forteo phase has begun: daily injections for 2 years.  I started injections last week and have not experienced any side effects.

Eli Lilly, the manufacturer of Foreo, is wrapping up their 10 year study on Forteo.   Perhaps they will decide it is safe enough for people to cycle back on to it.  The endo explained that vitamins will not maintain the new bone grown by Forteo and that I'll need to go on a maintenance drug.  Reclast or Prolia are commonly prescribed; however, I'm learning Reclast has some nasty side effects (death).  

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