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Hi Kathy: I've been on Forteo for 13 months, and have had no problems. I understand your reluctance to give yourself a shot, but I promise, it's not that bad. It's not like most intramuscular shots that really sting, because the needle doesn't go deep; it is a sub q injection so the needle is extremely small 3/16 of an inch in length and you can't feel much other than a jab.

You shouldn't have any trouble giving yourself the shot, and I think that your anxiety is normal, but will go away tomorow when you try it for the first time.

The only thing I did before starting the shot was to have a basic metabolic panel where they check your calcium levels. If you are going to the class, your dr must have already done this test. You need to have normal calcium levels to go on forteo, so that's probably been done already. You can have a test 3-4 mos after starting it to see if it's working, but that is also a simple urine test.

At the class they will teach you how to use the forteo pen, and after a couple of times you'll find it really easy to do. The dose is pre measured, so all you do is prep the pen to release the med. All this entails is dialing a couple of numbers, releasing a disgarded dose, and then injecting yourself. The dose is really small and the whole process doesn't take more than 5 minutes.

It's normal to be alarmed about the black box warning, but I haven't had any side effects, like you did with fosamax, and so far no one has contracted cancer from the forteo. I lot of people are on it so since there haven't been any reported incidences of cancer that's really pretty good, considering the number of people taking it.

I think you'll find that it's much easier to take than fosamax and it will help you build "new" bone at a much faster rate. I can't think of anyone who had stomach/esophagus probs on this, because it isn't metabolised in your stomach, in fact it bypasses it altogether. I have seen great increases on this med so far in bone density, and I'm sure you'll find the same.

If you have any questions on the shot tomorrow, once you get home, just post them here, or you can "always" call the number you will get with the kit for forteo-the rep/nurses are always available 7 days a week. You should get a dvd, travel kit with ice packs, a pamphlet, needles/alcohol wipes (I did at least) and the instruction manual which is very straight forward. Don't hesitate to post back here with any questions or concerns.

I'll let the others on it chime in here; so good luck, and try not to worry about it, it is really simple, and should work "much" better than fosamax.:wave:

Here's a link on it if you would like to read about it.

To add to what DesertBloom said - you can cause the entire medication in the pen to be contaminated if you reuse the needle whether you leave it attached or take it off and put it back on again. Sometimes I would bleed a little when doing the injections or other bacteria could get in it. I'm really surprised a doctor would tell you to reuse needles. The needles are really inexpensive.

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