Calcitonin (kal-si-TOE-nin) sold under the brand names Calcimar, Cibacalcin, Calsynar, Miacalcin, Osteocalcin and Salmonine is a medication prescribed for the treatment of Osteoporosis. This medication is also used to treat hypercalcaemia, Paget's disease and bone metastases.
There are two two main forms of this drug: Calcitonin-Human (kal-si-TOE-nin HYOO-man) which is injectable and and Calcitonin-Salmon (kal-si-TOE-ninSAM-en) which comes in both an injectable form and as a nasal spray.
This drug was first purified in 1962 by DH Copp and B. Cheney who then published a report of their work in Nature. See: Copp DH, Cheney B. Calcitonin-a hormone from the parathyroid which lowers the calcium-level of the blood. Nature 1962;193:381-2.
What should I discuss with my health care provider
There are a number of things you should discuss with your health care provider. It is important that you raise these things before the medication is prescribed. a. Allergies.Be sure to tell your health care provider if you have had any allergic reactions to other drugs, food, chemicals or other substances, b. Other medications or herbal supplements. Sometimes medications and herbal remedies can interact with each other. Be sure you mention all the drugs (both prescription and over the counter) and herbs that you are currently taking to your health care provider. This is important since your health care provider might need to change your dosage depending on what else you are taking. c. Practice. If you are going to be taking the injectable form of this drug be sure that you do a practice session in your providers office. If you are going to be taking the nasal spray form, you want to be sure that you are aiming the spray correctly. Most health care providers are more than happy to be sure that you have 'good patient education' for the use of this medication. d. Diet, nutrition. Be sure to discuss your intake of calcium and Vitamin D with your health care provider if you are going to take this drug. This is important. For some conditions, you may be advised to take extra supplements. For other conditions, you may be advised to follow a low calcium diet. Be sure to discuss your calcium and Vitamin D intake with your health care provider before you start this medication.
How should I store this drug?
There have been some studies showing that there may be a small increase in the risk of cancer for those taking this drug. Do discuss this with your health care provider - especially if cancer has been a factor in your life or in that of relatives. Your health care provider should be able to review the studies and discuss any risks with you.
In 2013 the Joint Meeting of the Advisory Committee for Reproductive Health Drugs and the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee issues a long study/report about this drug. You can read it at Calcitonin Salmon for the Treatment of Postmenopausal Osteoporosis.
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