Calcitonin

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking Calcitonin?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using this medication if you have:
 
  • Low blood calcium (hypocalcemia)
  • Nasal sores or problems
  • 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 Nasal Spray or Precautions and Warnings With Calcitonin Salmon Injection to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
 

How Does It Work?

Calcitonin is a manufactured version of 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. Calcitonin also appears to have some activity as a pain reliever, independent of its effects on bone.
 
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