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Hi - I am new to the Forteo shot regime. My doctor has mentioned it but I said I wanted to find out about side effects, cost, etc. I was told it was just a tiny stick, not a shot. Is this true? My insurance will pay 75% of the cost, do any of you have an estimate of the cost of these shots. Have any of you had a scan to see if it's doing any good? Will appreciate any feedback.
Thanks, Obed
Honest injun, the injection is nothing, a piece of cake, a breeze, even in the abdomen!!! Matter of fact, the abdomen is even more comfortable than the thigh. If your pharmacy provides you with the recommended needle it is a 31 guage, 3/15" long needle. Its not long enough to enter past the skin layers so you're sure of getting a sub-q injection as recommended. My pharmacy tried giving me a needle somewhat thicker (lower guage) and longer and I took them right straight back. NO WAY was I going w/any bigger or longer needle if I was going to be giving an injection in "my" abdomen. I really thought the abdominal injections would be the worst!! Not at all. Easier, actually.

I haven't had any side effects from the Forteo other than some flab in the abdomen I've never had before in my life. And my thighs, now that I've quit giving my Forteo in the abdomen, are showing some flab and I don't like that at all but given the alternatives .... we do what we gotta do.

In all the clinical trials the participants took calcium and vitamin D supplements in addition to the Forteo. I was sweating that as I can't take a calcium supplement nor can I do a lot of dairy. My Endo did put me on a high scripted dose of vitamin D (for which I must have blood draws every 3 months to monitor my levels). I started on Forteon 19 Aug last year and just had a DEXA (only 10 months on Forteo) and I had very good and noticeable improvement. I won't post my scores again here. Just check the post with the subject 10 Months of Forteo, etc.

I have excellent insurance so can't help you out about the cost.

Good luck and God bless!

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