Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Musculoskeletal

Miacalcin

(calcitonin)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Musculoskeletal
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Treats high calcium levels and prevents bone loss.

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Our bottom line

Miacalcin (calcitonin) can be used for osteoporosis, but it is not a first choice because there are more effective medications available.

Upsides

  • 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.
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Downsides

  • 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).
How it works

Miacalcin (calcitonin) blocks the cells that break down bone. This makes stronger bones and lowers calcium levels in the blood.

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Dosage forms
  • Nasal spray
  • Injection

What to expect when you take Miacalcin (calcitonin) for Paget's Disease

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Side effect rates for Miacalcin (calcitonin)

Risks and Warnings for Miacalcin (calcitonin)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Allergy to fish

    Miacalcin (calcitonin) is similar to a compound that's in salmon. If you are or think you're allergic to fish, you should get tested first before using Miacalcin (calcitonin), since it can set off a reaction. If you notice any difficulty breathing, or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat, stop the medication and go to the emergency room right away.