Calcitonin - nasal

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Calcitonin is used to treat osteoporosis. This medicine helps strengthen thin and weak bones in women who are at least 5 years postmenopausal when alternative treatments are not suitable.
How do I use this medicine?
Use Calcitonin exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not use more or less than instructed by your doctor.

Try to administer it at the same time each day.

To use the nasal spray, follow these steps:

1. Allow the nasal solution to be in room temperature. Remove the cover and press the pump a few times until a full and even spray is produced
2. With your head on an upright position, place nozzle into nostril and ensure firm fit.
3. Administer the recommended dose into your nostril by pressing the pump.
4. Wipe and cap the nasal spray.

Calcitonin must be used regularly for it to be effective. Continue using this medicine even when you feel better. Do not stop using it unless instructed by the doctor.

Do not share your nasal spray with others as it could spread infections.
What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?
Administer the missed as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to use your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
What should I take note of while using this medicine?
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Keep your appointments with your doctor. Routine tests in your nose maybe needed while you are being treated with this medicine. Your doctor may also need to do bone density test to monitor your condition and check your response to the medication regularly.
What side effects could I experience?
Calcitonin may cause any of the following side effects: nose bleed or irritation, nausea, vomiting, headache, back and joint pain.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:

- difficulty breathing
- swelling of the tongue or throat
- rashes

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I use this with other medicines?
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking medicines for mood disorder e.g. lithium.

Always notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Avoid alcohol.
How should I store this medicine?
If the nasal spray has not yet been opened, store it in the refrigerator, between 2-8°C. Do not allow to freeze. If frozen, this medicine will become ineffective and should not be used.

Once it is opened, store the bottle in an upright position in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on calcitonin - nasal and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2023 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by
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