CALCITONIN (Nasal) (Spray)

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CALCITONIN (Nasal) (Spray) Drug and Prescription Information

CALCITONIN (Nasal) (Spray)

CALCITONIN (Nasal) (Spray) Medication Classification

CALCITONIN (Into the nose)

CALCITONIN (Nasal) (Spray) Brandname


CALCITONIN (Nasal) (Spray) is used for the Treatment

Calcitonin (kal-si-TOE-nin) Treats osteoporosis (bone loss) in women who are past menopause.

When To Not Use CALCITONIN (Nasal) (Spray)

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to calcitonin-salmon.

How Should You Use CALCITONIN (Nasal) (Spray)


  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • You may also need to take calcium and vitamin D supplements while you are using calcitonin.
  • This medicine is for use only in the nose. Do not get any of it in your eyes or on your skin. If it does get on these areas, rinse it off right away.
  • This medicine comes with patient instructions. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
  • Before using a new bottle of medicine, take the bottle out of the refrigerator and let it slowly warm up to room temperature.
  • If you are using the nasal spray for the first time, you will need to prime the spray. To do this, pump the bottle until some of the medicine sprays out. Now it is ready to use. Prime the spray after each time you clean the pump, or if you have not used the medicine for 5 days or longer.
  • This medicine is usually used in only one nostril each day, switching sides from day to day. For example, if you spray the medicine into the right nostril on the first day, use the left nostril the second day, then switch back to the right side on the third day.
  • Before using the medicine, gently blow your nose to clear the nostrils.
  • After using the nasal spray, wipe the tip of the bottle with a clean tissue and put the cap back on.
  • Never share your medicine with anyone.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose.
  • Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

Proper CALCITONIN (Nasal) (Spray) Storage

Store CALCITONIN (Nasal) (Spray) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep CALCITONIN (Nasal) (Spray) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using CALCITONIN (Nasal) (Spray)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you have previously used other medicines for osteoporosis, such as etidronate (Didronel®) or risedronate (Actonel®).

CALCITONIN (Nasal) (Spray) Warnings

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have Paget's disease of bone or are allergic to any preservatives.
  • Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.

CALCITONIN (Nasal) (Spray) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in face or hands, swelling or tingling in the mouth or throat, tightness in chest, trouble breathing
  • Heavy or ongoing bleeding from your nose
  • Severe sores, redness, or irritation in your nose
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Back pain
  • Light bleeding from your nose
  • Mild itching, dryness, or tenderness in your nose
  • Runny or stuffy nose

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