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Calcitonin salmon injection can be prescribed to treat high blood calcium, Paget's disease, or osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. The medication is a synthetic version of a hormone found in salmon that helps regulate bone formation and breakdown. It can either be administered just under the skin or into the muscle. Possible side effects of calcitonin salmon injection include vomiting, nausea, and flushing.

What Is Calcitonin Salmon Injection?

Calcitonin salmon injection (Miacalcin® injection) is a prescription medication approved to treat the following conditions:
 
  • Paget's disease of the bone
  • High blood calcium (hypercalcemia)
  • Osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.
     
(Click What Is Calcitonin Salmon Injection Used For? for more information, including possible off-label uses.)
 

Calcitonin Salmon Injection Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with calcitonin salmon injection. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
 
Common side effects of calcitonin salmon injection include but are not limited to:
 
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Injection site reactions (irritation, pain, or redness at the injection site)
  • Flushing.
 
(Click Side Effects of Calcitonin Salmon Injection to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
 
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