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CALCITONIN (kal si TOE nin) stops bone loss and breaks. It will make your bones more dense, or thicker. This medicine is used to treat postmenopausal osteoporosis.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
nasal sores or trauma
an unusual or allergic reaction to calcitonin, fish, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
This medicine is only for use in the nose. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Alternate nostrils daily. Do not use more often than directed. Make sure that you are using your nasal spray correctly. Ask you doctor or health care provider if you have any questions.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.
prior bone scan with diphosphonate in patient with Paget's disease
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Your doctor will need to exam the inside of your nose before you start using the medicine and periodically during use.
Talk to your doctor about your risk of cancer. You may be more at risk for certain types of cancers if you take this medicine.
Be sure that you get at least 1000 mg of calcium and 400 I.U. of vitamin D while you are taking this medicine. This will help the medicine work better. Ask your doctor or health care provider for good nutrition advice.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
chest pain, tightness
infection or fever
nosebleed or nose sores
tingling in the hands or feet
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
back or joint pain
nausea or upset stomach
runny, stuffy, or irritated nose
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store the unopened medicine in a refrigerator between 2 and 8 degrees C (36 and 46 degrees F). Do not freeze. Once opened store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F) in an upright position for up to 35 days. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
CALCITONIN (kal si TOE nin) is a hormone. It helps control calcium in the body. It is used to treat Paget's disease, osteoporosis, and hypercalcemia.
low level of blood calcium
This medicine is for injection under the skin or into a muscle. You will be taught how to prepare and give this medicine. Use exactly as directed. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
It is important that you put your used needles and syringes in a special sharps container. Do not put them in a trash can. If you do not have a sharps container, call your pharmacist or healthcare provider to get one.
Patients over 65 years old may have a stronger reaction and need a smaller dose.
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. You will need regular blood tests while using this medicine.
You may need to be on a special diet while taking this medicine. Check with your doctor. Ask if you need to take extra calcium or vitamin D while taking this medicine.
tingling in the hands, feet
loss of appetite
pain, swelling where injected
Store in a refrigerator between 2 and 8 degrees C (36 and 46 degrees F). Do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.