What is the efficacy of calcitonin-salmon (Fortical, Miacalcin) in the treatment of osteoporosis?

Updated: Jan 20, 2021
  • Author: Rachel Elizabeth Whitaker Elam, MD, MSc; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Results from a single controlled clinical trial indicate that calcitonin may decrease osteoporotic vertebral fractures by approximately 30%. In the first 2 years, calcitonin has been found to increase spinal bone mineral density (BMD) by approximately 2%. Calcitonin also has  analgesic properties. However, calcitonin lacks data showing a reduction in nonvertebral fracture rates.


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