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Calcitonin salmon nasal spray is a prescription medicine that is used for the treatment of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. It is a synthetic version of a naturally occurring hormone that helps regulate bone formation and breakdown. Calcitonin salmon nasal spray is generally used once daily. Possible side effects include runny or stuffy nose, other nasal symptoms, and back pain.

What Is Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Spray?

Calcitonin salmon nasal spray (Fortical® nasal spray, Miacalcin® nasal spray) is a prescription osteoporosis medication. It is approved to treat osteoporosis in postmenopausal women who are at least five years past menopause.
(Click What Is Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Spray Used For? for more information, including possible off-label uses.)

Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Spray Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with calcitonin salmon nasal spray. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of calcitonin salmon nasal spray include but are not limited to:
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Other nasal symptoms (such as nasal crusting, dryness, redness, and irritation)
  • Back pain.
(Click Side Effects of Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Spray to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
For more information about specific side effects that may occur with the drug, click the following eMedTV articles:
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