Compare Forteo vs. calcitonin
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Forteo (Teriparatide) is a good second-choice medication to treat bone loss, but it's only available as an injectable.
Miacalcin (calcitonin) can be used for osteoporosis, but it is not a first choice because there are more effective medications available.
- If you're unable to use bisphosphonates or are still having fractures despite being on other medications, Forteo (Teriparatide) can be a good alternative.
- You can start using Forteo (Teriparatide) as soon as you stop using bisphosphonates.
- Using the nasal spray causes fewer side effects than the injectable version.
- Can help with bone pain if you've had a recent fracture.
- Available in generic.
- Only available as a brand medication, so it can be expensive.
- You have to inject this every day, so it may not be a good option if you don't like needles.
- Shouldn't take this longer than 18 to 24 months since it can increase the risk of bone cancers.
- Miacalcin (calcitonin) is not as effective as other medications used to stop bone loss or lower calcium levels.
- You're at a higher risk for certain cancers while taking Miacalcin (calcitonin).
- If you're allergic to fish, you might also be allergic to Miacalcin (calcitonin).
- Nasal spray
- Malignant tumor of the bone
- Paget's bone disease
- Young people with open epiphyses
- High calcium blood levels
- Kidney stones
- History of kidney stones
- Positional low blood pressure
- Drug interactions
- Digoxin use
- Allergic reaction
- Allergy to fish
- Seizure history
- Low calcium in blood
- Nasal problems
- Age 65 and above
- History of cancer