Calcitonin Injection for Osteoporosis
Calcitonin salmon injection (Miacalcin® injection) is used for treating various conditions, including Paget's disease, high blood calcium, and osteoporosis. When used for osteoporosis, calcitonin injection is approved for postmenopausal women who are at least five years past menopause and who cannot tolerate estrogen or, who for medical reasons, should not take estrogen.
Calcitonin injection works in the body to slow the breakdown of bone, as well as decrease the release of calcium from bone. The injection, which is available by prescription, can be given just under the skin or into the muscle. It is typically used once a day. The medication is a synthetic version of a naturally occurring hormone that helps regulate bone formation and breakdown.
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