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Calcitonin salmon nasal spray is used for the treatment of osteoporosis. It is approved for women who are at least five years past menopause and who cannot tolerate estrogen. Occasionally, healthcare providers may recommend the medication "off-label" for preventing osteoporosis. Other off-label calcitonin salmon nasal spray uses may include the treatment of bone pain and nerve pain.

What Is Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Spray Used For? -- An Overview

Calcitonin salmon nasal spray (Fortical® nasal spray, Miacalcin® nasal spray) is a prescription medication that is approved for the treatment of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. It is a manufactured version of calcitonin, a hormone that helps regulate bone formation and breakdown.
Calcitonin salmon nasal spray is approved to treat osteoporosis in postmenopausal women who are at least five years past menopause and who cannot tolerate estrogen (or who should not take estrogen for medical reasons).

What Is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis, which means "porous bone," is a disease characterized by low bone mass (bone thinning) that leads to fragile bones and an increased risk of fractures of the hip, spine, and wrist. Men as well as women are affected by this condition. Fortunately, osteoporosis is a disease that can be prevented and treated.
Common causes of osteoporosis include:
  • Age-related bone loss
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Long-term corticosteroid use
  • Certain diseases.
Race and ethnicity may play a role in developing osteoporosis as well, but more research is needed to determine the connection.
Often, osteoporosis treatment is not started until a bone is broken, as there are usually no symptoms of osteoporosis. However, treatment may be started earlier if the disease is detected using a test (see Diagnosing Osteoporosis).
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