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Miacalcin Salmon Calcitonin
Fairly safe: Miacalcin is a medication that we have used for osteoporosis for years. It does ten TB fairly well tolerated but can cause nasal irritation and headaches. It appears though that Miacalcin maybe less effective then other agents used to treat bone loss. With that said I do use it my patients. ...Read more
Very but it depends!: Miacalcin is fda-approved brand of nasal calcitonin used to treat osteoporosis (http://www.Pharma.Us.Novartis.Com/product/pi/pdf/miacalcin_nasal.Pdf). However, all medications, prescription & otc, as well as dietary supplements & herbs, have side effects. So only take medications, etc if potential benefit outweighs risk of side effects. Question of safety for you needs to be addressed by ur doc. ...Read more
Not the nasal spray.: Algodystrophy is sometimes treated with calcitonin (the drug in miacalcin). Research has shown that the nasal form does not work. It must be used as a daily injection. There are also other treatments for this condition. Unfortunately none of them work for everyone. I would recommend you work with a doctor familiar with this condition. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nothing significant: You (or whoever is on this regimen) should be perfectly fine. ...Read more
Is Calcitonin Salmon nasal spray (200 IU daily for 3-months) is a safe medication for osteoporosis treatment of 57+ yr female ? Any risk ?
Nasal calcitonin: Yes it is safe with the exception that longer use may lead to irritation of nasal mucosa ...Read more
I believe so: The studies that have been done do show miacaclcin to be a better drug overall but particularly hip fractures which are so important. ...Read more
Better in what way?: Boniva (ibandronate) is a brand of bisphosphonate used to treat osteoporosis. Miacalcin is a brand of nasal salmon calcitonin also used to treat osteoporosis. Bisphosphonates have stronger outcome studies than calcitonin but also greater risks & side effects eg osteonecrosis of jaw, atypical femur fracture, etc. Which is better for you is best answered by your family doc after discussing your frax score. ...Read more
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
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
Thyroid/parathyroid: The thyroid glands themselves produce the thyroid hormone (t4). There are two small glands just at the tip of each wing or ala actually separate glands but look like part of the thyroids called parathyroid and they produce the parathyroid hormones. Look at your anatomy book and you'll see them. ...Read more
I broke my radius which did not form a soft callus after 8 weeks. I had a bone grafy three weeks ago. Could I benefit from calcitonin injections?
Unless you have calcium deficiency, giving calcium will not help. Even if you were deficient, oral calcium would be just as effective as that given by injection.
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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