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General Information on Calcitonin- Salmon

Generic Name : Calcitonin- Salmon

Pronunciation : KAL-si-TOE-nin SA-mon

Latest prescription information about Calcitonin- Salmon. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
Therapeutic Classification : Hypocalcemic Agents

Trade Names/Brand Names of Calcitonin- Salmon

India : 

International : 

Miacalcin

Why is Calcitonin- Salmon Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a man-made version of the hormone, used to treat osteoporosis in postmenopausal women and Paget’s disease. It is also used to treat conditions with high calcium levels in the blood such as cancers spread to the bone and hyperparathyroidism. 

When should Calcitonin- Salmon not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Calcitonin- Salmon?

Adult: Postmenopausal osteoporosis- 100 u/day or every other day.
Bone pain due to malignant neoplasm’s- 200 u 4 times/day, up to 48 hours.
Nasal-Postmenopausal osteoporosis- 200 u/day, alternating nostrils everyday.

How should Calcitonin- Salmon be taken?

It comes as a nasal spray and solution to be injected under the skin (subcutaneously) or into the muscle (intramuscularly). It is usually used once a day or once every other day.

What are the warnings and precautions for Calcitonin- Salmon?

• Proper diet should be followed while taking this medication. It may cause flushing (warm, redness of skin).

• Prior intradermal test should preferably be done.

• It should not be used in children <18 yr.

• Caution needed for pregnant women, breast feeding, kidney patients.

What are the side effects of Calcitonin- Salmon?

  Very mild and uncommon
  Body as a whole: Influenza-like symptoms, edema, fever.
  Skin: Rash, skin ulceration, eczema, hair loss, itching, increased sweating.
  Musculoskeletal: Muscle pain, inflammation of joints with pain and stiffness.
  Respiratory: Upper respiratory tract infection and inflammation, bronchus, pneumonia, coughing, difficulty in breathing.
  Eye and ENT: Nasal symptoms such as inflammation, runny nose and bleeding occur with the nasal spray. Taste perversion, sneezing, ringing in the ear, hearing loss. increase or decrease in tears, inflammation of conjunctiva, blurred vision, visual disturbance.
  Heart: High blood pressure, heart attack, palpitation, bundle branch block.
  Gastrointestinal: Constipation, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, flatulence, increased appetite, gastritis, dry mouth.
  Metabolic: Increased thirst, weight increase.
  Liver: Gall stone, inflammation of liver.
  Genitourinary: Inflammation of kidney and urinary bladder, diarrhea, blood in urine, kidney stone .
  Central Nervous System: Headache, Dizziness, tingling, fainting, migraine, neuralgia, agitation, tremor.
  Blood and Immune System: Lymph nodes swelling, infection, anemia.
  Potentially Fatal: Anaphylactic shock.

What are the other precautions for Calcitonin- Salmon?

Avoid using contaminated solution of this medication.

What are the storage conditions for Calcitonin- Salmon?

Storage: Injection: Refrigerate at 2-8°C. Nasal: Refrigerate at 2-8°C. Do not freeze.

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