The recommended Fortical dosage for the treatment of osteoporosis is one spray a day, alternating nostrils each day. While it does not matter what time of day you take your daily dose, try to take the medication at the same time each day. Fortical dosing is the same for all postmenopausal women, regardless of age, weight, or other medical conditions.
There is only one recommended dose of Fortical® (calcitonin salmon nasal spray), regardless of your weight, age, or other medical conditions. As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
The recommended dose of Fortical for osteoporosis treatment in postmenopausal women is one spray (200 IU) once daily. You should alternate nostrils so that you do not use the same nostril two days in a row.
You must take calcium and vitamin D in order for Fortical to work. You should take at least 400 IU of vitamin D each day and 1000 mg of calcium each day (this is best taken as 500 mg twice daily), unless your healthcare provider recommends otherwise.
Considerations for people taking Fortical include the following:
- The medication comes as a nasal spray. It is usually taken once a day as one spray, alternating nostrils each time.
- You can take Fortical with or without food.
- You can take Fortical at any time of the day, but it is a good idea to take it at the same time each day.
- The first time you use each bottle of Fortical, you will need to prime the pump by spraying until a fine mist appears.
- You do not need to try to inhale the medication. It is absorbed into the body from the nasal tissues. Also, you do not need to tip your head back.
- Once you assemble a bottle of Fortical, it must be stored in the upright position, not on its side.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Fortical will not work if you stop taking it.
- If you are unsure about anything related to Fortical or your Fortical dosage, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking the drug without first discussing it with your healthcare provider.