Calcitonin Salmon Injection

Calcitonin Salmon Injection: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking calcitonin salmon injection if you have:
  • Low blood calcium (hypocalcemia)
  • Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Calcitonin Salmon Injection to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)

How Does Calcitonin Salmon Injection Work?

Calcitonin salmon injection is a manufactured version of calcitonin, a naturally occurring hormone that helps regulate bone formation and breakdown. It is actually a synthetic version of calcitonin from salmon (known as calcitonin salmon), which is more potent and longer-acting than human calcitonin. The medicine works by slowing down the breakdown of bone. It also appears to have some activity as a pain reliever, independent of its effects on bone.
Calcitonin salmon injection works to decrease blood calcium in several ways. First, it slows down the rate at which bones breaks down, which decreases the release of calcium from bone. Second, it increases the ability of the kidneys to excrete calcium into the urine, which helps clear calcium from the blood.
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