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Dr. Nicola Barnard
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Calcitonin (Definition)

Calcitonin is a hormone produced by the thyroid gland which is distinct from thyroxine, the main hormone of the thyroid . It helps control the breakdown of bone and has been used to treat patients with osteoporosis. It less potent than most of the other drugs ...Read more


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What are the major effects of calcitonin?

Dr knecht: gave a good information on calcitonin. However Calcitonin has some utility in osteoporosis of the spine especially if phosphates like alendronate are contraindicated. it does help in reducing osteoporotic spinal pain. Though it use will soon become obsolete as more effective meds become widely available ...Read more

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Which describes the medical use of calcitonin?

Which describes the medical use of calcitonin?

It's for bones.: Calcitonin is a hormone in our bodies which helps regulate calcium levels. It is producd in c-cells (appropriately enough!), which are scattered througout the thyroid gland. Calcitonin is useful in the treatment of osteporosis, particularly after a vertebral fracture, which can be quite painful. Nasally-inhaled calcitonin has pain-reducing properties which can be a big help with pain control. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the major effect of calcitonin?

Ca and calcitonin: Calcitonin is made in the thyroid and works opposite to PTH. It lowers blood Ca by inhibiting gut absorption, inhibiting release from bones. But calcitonin is a weak hormone in humans; we don't replace it after a thyroidectomy and calcium problem do not develop. It can be used as a drug (in high doses) to lower blood Ca, for a short time. It is a marker for medullary thyroid cancer. ...Read more

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How does the body control the level of calcitonin?

Calcitonin: For starters please go online and look for an article or two - not a difficult one to understand - that discusses Calcitonin at a level you will understand. Any questions - give me a call. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: calcitonin?

Hormone from thyroid: Calcitonin is a hormone produced by the thyroid gland which is distinct from thyroxine, the main hormone of the thyroid . It helps control the breakdown of bone and has been used to treat patients with osteoporosis. It less potent than most of the other drugs used to treat osteoporosis. ...Read more

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What if given with calcitonin and increases the effectiveness?

Nothing: There is nothing which specifically increases the effectiveness of calcitonin. A second osteopororsis drug would add to the effect but not increases th effect of calcitonin. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what happens when there is an increase in calcitonin.?

Nothing: In humans, an elevated calcitonin has no physiological effect (just as loss of calcitonin in thyroidectomy has no physiologic effect). See a doctor to make sure you don't have a thyroid nodule. High calcitonin can be a marker for a rare thyroid cancer. If you have a thyroid nodule, it needs to be evaluated by an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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What are the effects of too little and too much production of calcitonin?

Calcitonin: Calcitonin is a hormone secreted by the thyroid gland and is involved in the regulation of serum calcium and phosphorus levels. Ironically its role is still not well understood as excesses or deficiencies of calcitonin don't appear to cause significant changes in our body's bones or blood levels of calcium and phosphorus as another hormone called parathormone appears to take over in the regulation ...Read more

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What are the differences between calcitonin and calcitrol?

Very different: Calcitonin is a hormone made by the thyroid. Human calcitonin does not do much. If your thyroid is removed, we give you back levothyroxine but we do not need to give you back calcitonin. Calcitonin is secreted by a specific kind of thyroid cancer, medulary cancer. Calcitriol is vitamin D, 1, 25, the potent one. Vitamin D helps you absorb calcium in your diet. ...Read more

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How calcitonin functions in the glands?

Acts on bone: Calcitonin is a hormone made in the thyroid gland and released into the blood. . Its main action is to reduce the activity of bone cells which break down bone (osteoclasts). It is sometimes used to treat osteoporosis. ...Read more

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What gland makes calcitonin? Why does level drop?

What gland makes calcitonin? Why does level drop?

Thyroid: A special part of the thyroid gland (c-cells) makes calcitonin. It acts to reduce calcium in the blood stream. Its level drop after thyroid surgery. It is not needed for survival. ...Read more

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Why don't you get a calcitonin insufficiency after thyroidectomy?

You do: But it is not essential for life so you don't need to replace it. ...Read more

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Do calcitonin and calcitriol do the same thing?

Do calcitonin and calcitriol do the same thing?

They are different: Calcitonin is a hormone that helps regulate calcium, it is also used for treatment of Osteoporosis by decreasing bone resorption ( bone thinning). Calcitriol is the active form of Vitamin D that helps to improve calcium absorption from the gut. ...Read more

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How is calcitonin found in the thyroid gland?

Adjacent: Parafollicular cells manufacture calcitonin. They are adjacent to follicular cells and not actually part of the thyroid gland. Parathyroid glands are also located on the thyroid gland but aren't part of the thyroid. Parathyroid hormone and calcitonin help regulate calcium balance in the body. ...Read more

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What is the data on salmon calcitonin tablets?

What is the data on salmon calcitonin tablets?

More info needed: Calcitonin has been used for osteoporosis, there is a nose spray and injections. Not sure the tablets survive in stomach acid. ...Read more

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What is the recombinant salmon calcitonin tablets?

What is the recombinant salmon calcitonin tablets?

For osteoporosis: Recombinant salmon calcitonin by injection and nasal spray have been used for many years. The results of the oral form were better than the nasal spray as reported last year. It is not yet available in this country but hopefully will be. ...Read more