Always consult a medical doctor or patient care specialist before using calcitonin salmon nasal spray.
Indications and Usage
Calcitonin salmon spray is used to treat osteoporosis in women who are at least 5 years past menopause and cannot or do not want to take estrogen products. Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to weaken and break more easily.
Calcitonin is a hormone that occurs naturally in the human body. Calcitonin salmon is not derived from salmon, but is a man-made version of calcitonin produced by salmon. Calcitonin salmon nasal spray works by reducing the rate of bone breakdown caused by cells in the bone called osteoclasts and may encourage cells called osteoblasts to build up the bones. This increases the density of bone in the lower spine.
Do not take calcitonin salmon nasal spray if:
- You are allergic to calcitonin salmon or any other medications;
- You are taking prescription and nonprescription medications, such as vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products;
- You have a medical history of low level of calcium in 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.
This medication can lead to changes in the vision. Do not drive or operate machinery while taking this medication until you know it does not affect your ability to perform these tasks safely.
Administration and Dosage
Refer to your doctor or pharmacist for guidelines on dosage. The recommended dose to treat osteoporosis is 1-2 spray in each nostril twice daily.
Consult with your doctor about medications you are taking or existing medical conditions you have before your treatment with calcitonin salmon nasal spray. It may have interact with lithium and other corticosteroid.
Symptoms of overdose include drowsiness, trouble in breathing or sleepiness. These symptoms have to be reported to the medical health professional.
No adverse reactions have been reported.