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Salmon Calcitonin Medication
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
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 more
Nothing significant: You (or whoever is on this regimen) should be perfectly fine. ...Read more
What is the cause for calcitonin level decreasing from 100pq/ml to 84pq/ml? No pharmaceutical or homeopath drugs taken.
Should not be high: A normal calcitonin level is under 10 pg/ml. Higher levels need investigation. Have you had an ultrasound of your thyroid? ...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
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
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
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
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
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
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
You do: But it is not essential for life so you don't need to replace it. ...Read more
Is there a way to test calcitonin levels, or for hypoparathyroidism? Also, is there some kind of parathyroidism replacement therapy?
Tests for: Calcitonin and parathyroid hormone are readily available. The most common test would be measurement of your calcium, and (if necessary) ionized calcium. Vitamin D should also be evaluated. There are treatments for hypopara, but why do you think you have it? Calcitonin is not a part of hypopara. Check w/your doctor, ...Read more
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
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