When is calcitonin-salmon (Fortical, Miacalcin) indicated in the treatment of osteoporosis?

Updated: Sep 26, 2019
  • Author: Monique Bethel, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Calcitonin is no longer widely used for treatment of osteoporosis. [126] Nevertheless, it remains an option for patients who are not candidates for other available osteoporosis treatments. Common side effects of nasally administered calcitonin include nasal discomfort, rhinitis, irritation of nasal mucosa, and occasional epistaxis. Nausea, local inflammatory reactions at the injection site, sweating, and flushing are side effects noted with parenteral use.


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