Proper Use

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

If you are injecting this medicine yourself, use it exactly as directed by your doctor. Special patient instructions will come with the medicine. Read the directions carefully before using the medicine. Make sure you understand:

  • Where to give the injection.
  • How to give the injection.
  • How long the injection is stable.

If you have any questions, check with your health care professional.

Do not use the medicine if you see solid particles in the liquid.

Do not use the medicine beyond the expiration date on the package.

For the first few doses, inject the medicine where you can sit or lie down right away in case you get dizzy.


The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For subcutaneous injection dosage form:
    • For osteoporosis:
      • Adults—20 micrograms (mcg) once daily, injected under the skin on the thigh or abdominal (gut) wall.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.


Store in the refrigerator. Do not freeze.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Throw away the teriparatide pen at 28 days after the first injection, even if there is still medicine in it. Do not use the medicine if it has been frozen.