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Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution

Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution

Descriptions

Calcitonin nasal spray is used together with calcium and vitamin D to treat bone loss in women with postmenopausal osteoporosis who have been postmenopause for at least 5 years.

This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription.

Uses

This medication is used to treat brittle bone disease (osteoporosis) in women who are at least 5 years past "the change of life" (menopause). Calcitonin works by slowing bone loss to help maintain strong bones and reduce your risk of fractures.

This product has been withdrawn from the Canadian market due to safety problems.

How should this medicine be used?

Calcitonin salmon comes as a spray to be used in the nose. It is usually used once a day, alternating nostrils every day. To help you remember to use calcitonin salmon, use it around the same time every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Use calcitonin salmon exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

Calcitonin salmon helps treat osteoporosis but does not cure it. Continue to use calcitonin salmon even if you feel well. Do not stop using calcitonin salmon without talking to your doctor.

Before using calcitonin salmon nasal spray the first time, read the written instructions that come with it. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to show you how to use it. Practice using the nasal spray while he or she watches.

Side effect

  • runny nose
  • nosebleed
  • sinus pain
  • nose symptoms such as crusts, dryness, redness, or swelling
  • back pain
  • joint pain
  • upset stomach
  • flushing (feeling of warmth)
  • hives
  • skin rash
  • itching
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • swelling of the tongue or throat

Precautions

Before taking calcitonin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: low level of calcium in the blood.

This medication is used mainly in women after menopause. Therefore, it is unlikely to be used during pregnancy or breast-feeding. Consult your doctor if you have any questions about this product.

Calcitonin Dosage

To make sure you are not allergic to calcitonin, your doctor may perform an allergy skin test before your first dose.

Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Calcitonin is injected under the skin or into a muscle. You may be shown how to use injections at home. Do not self-inject this medicine if you do not understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of used needles and syringes.

Use a disposable needle only once. Follow any state or local laws about throwing away used needles and syringes. Use a puncture-proof "sharps" disposal container (ask your pharmacist where to get one and how to throw it away). Keep this container out of the reach of children and pets.

Use calcitonin regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.

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