Fortical Warnings and Precautions
There are many Fortical warnings and precautions to be aware of before starting treatment, including side effects that may occur and those who should not take the drug. Fortical could potentially cause nasal problems and decrease the level of calcium in your blood. Fortical warnings and precautions also extend to anyone who is allergic to active or inactive components of the medicine.
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Fortical® (calcitonin salmon nasal spray) if you have:
- Nasal sores or problems
- Low blood calcium (hypocalcemia)
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant.
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you may be taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Fortical include the following:
- The medication can cause nasal problems. Your healthcare provider should examine your nasal passages before you start Fortical and periodically thereafter.
- Fortical is a manufactured version of a hormone that is found in salmon. As such, it has the potential to cause allergic reactions. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you have any signs of an allergic reaction, such as unexplained rash, hives, itching, unexplained swelling, wheezing, or difficulty breathing.
- Fortical can decrease the level of calcium in your blood. Therefore, you should probably not take the drug if you already have low blood calcium (known medically as hypocalcemia).
- Fortical can potentially interact with a few other medications (see Fortical Drug Interactions).
- Fortical is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy (see Fortical and Pregnancy).
- It is not known whether Fortical passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Fortical and Breastfeeding).