Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Spray
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using calcitonin salmon nasal spray if you have:
- Low blood calcium (hypocalcemia)
- Nasal sores or problems
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Fortical and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Fortical and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Spray to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
Calcitonin salmon nasal spray is a manufactured version of calcitonin, a naturally occurring hormone that helps regulate bone formation and breakdown. It is actually a synthetic version of calcitonin from salmon (known as calcitonin salmon), which is more potent and longer-acting than human calcitonin. The nasal spray works by slowing down the breakdown of bone. It also appears to have some activity as a pain reliever, independent of its effects on bone.
Calcitonin salmon nasal spray has been evaluated in studies of postmenopausal women with osteoporosis. In these studies, women using calcitonin salmon nasal spray increased their bone mineral density (a measure of the strength of bones) of their vertebrae, compared to the women not using the nasal spray.