Brand Name: Miacalcin, Calcimar, Fortical

  • Calcitonin is a naturally occurring hormone involved in calcium regulation and bone metabolism.
  • It has been shown to slow bone loss, increase spinal bone density and lower the risk of spine fractures.
  • It is a small protein, and so it cannot be taken by mouth.
  • Single daily intranasal spray that provides 200 IU of drug.
  • Subcutaneous administration by injections also available.
  • Calcitonin approved for treatment of osteoporosis in women who are at least 5 years postmenopausal.

Guidelines for taking this medication:
  • One squirt each day, alternating nostrils.
  • If you miss a dose, give the missed dose as soon as possible.
  • If it is nearly time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.
  • Do not use a double dose or take an extra dose.
  • Store the unopened bottle in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • Do not freeze.
  • Store the opened bottle in an upright position at room temperature.
  • Throw away any unused portion after 30 days.

Possible side effects: Nasal irritation.
Reasons not to take this medicine:

  • Allergy to calcitonin or any other part of this medicine.
  • Allergy to salmon.
  • If you are pregnant or may become pregnant.
  • If you are breast feeding.