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Calcitonin

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Last Updated: December 14, 2018

Calcitonin is generally produced by the thyroid gland and effectively helps in the regulation of calcium as well as phosphate levels in the body. Calcitonin is generally prescribed for the treatment of Paget’s disease which affects the bones, chronic bone pain and even hypercalcaemia.

The drug is available in the form of a nasal spray and can also be administered as a shot. Calcitonin when injected into the body, can result in a few minor side effects like rashes and skin redness, vomiting, nausea and flushing of the skin. When used as a nasal spray it may lead to a runny nose, headache, and pain in the bones or even cause nose bleeding. In extremely rare cases administration of the drug through a nasal spray can lead to an upset stomach or other stomach problems.

When it comes to dosage, the method of administration and the severity of the condition determines the amount of drug that is required to be taken on a daily basis. In case of the treatment of Paget’s disease, about 100 units of the drug is prescribed to be injected every day. If a nasal spray is being used for treatment, 1 spray that is about 200 units is prescribed, to be taken daily.

Information given here is based on the salt and content of the medicine. Effect and uses of medicine may vary from person to person. It is advicable to consult a Orthopedic Doctor before using this medicine.

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  • Is It safe with alcohol?

    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
  • Are there any pregnancy warnings?

    Unicalcin 100iu injection may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
    Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Please consult your doctor.
  • Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

    Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.
  • Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?

    Caution is advised when driving or operating machinery.
  • Does this affect kidney function?

    Caution to be advised in patients with impaired renal function.
  • Does this affect liver function?

    There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
  • Are there any missed dose instructions?

    If you miss a dose of Calcitonin, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

Below is the list of medicines, which contains Calcitonin as ingredient

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Calcitonin is a drug that helps in the regulation of calcium and phosphate levels in the blood, while at the same time opposing the function of the parathyroid hormone. The medicine restrains the activity of osteoclasts, which is responsible for breaking down bone.

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