Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Emergency treatment of hypercalcaemia
Adult: Up to 10 u/kg in 500 mL of sodium chloride 0.9% by slow IV infusion over at least 6 hours.

Adjunct in hypercalcaemia
Adult: SC/IM: 4 u/kg 12 hourly, may increase after 1-2 days to 8 u/kg 12 hourly max 8 u/kg 6 hourly after 2 days. Alternatively, 100 u every 6-8 hours, increased after 1-2 days to max 400 u every 6-8 hours.

Paget's disease of bone
Adult: SC/IM: 50 u 3 times weekly to 100 u/day.

Prophylaxis of acute bone loss due to sudden immobilisation
Adult: SC/IM: 100 u/day or 50 u bid for 2-4 weeks.

Emergency treatment of hypercalcaemia
Adult: 1 supp tid. Total daily dose: 900 u.
Renal Impairment
Dosage adjustment needed.
Hypersensitivity. Patients with hypocalcaemia.
Special Precautions
Skin test should be done before initiating therapy. Heart failure. Renal impairment. Pregnancy and lactation. Children.
Adverse Reactions
Endocrine disorders: Diabetogenic effect.
Gastrointestinal disorders: GI disturbances, abdominal pain.
General disorders and administration site conditions: Inj site inflammation.
Nervous system disorders: Dizziness, tingling of the hands, unpleasant taste, tremor.
Renal and urinary disorders: Urinary frequency.
Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders: Skin rash.
Vascular disorders: Flushing.
Potentially Fatal: Anaphylactic shock.
IM/IV/Nasal/Parenteral/SC: C
Monitoring Parameters
Serum electrolytes and Ca.
Symptoms: Flushing, nausea, vomiting and dizziness. Management: Symptomatic and supportive treatment.
Drug Interactions
Concurrent use with cardiac glycosides (e.g. digitalis) or Ca-channel blockers requires dosage adjustments of these drugs. May decrease serum concentration of lithium.
Mechanism of Action: Calcitonin is a polypeptide hormone produced by the ultimobranchial gland in non-mammalian vertebrates or by the mammalian thyroid parafollicular cells. It inhibits osteoclastic bone resorption and reduces bone turnover. It decreases tubular reabsorption and promotes renal excretion of Ca, Cl, Na, Mg, K and phosphate.
Absorption: Rapidly inactivated (oral). Bioavailability: Approx 70% (IM/SC). Time to peak plasma concentration: 30-40 min (nasal); 15-25 min (IM).
Distribution: Volume of distribution: 0.15-0.3 L/kg. Plasma protein binding: Approx 30-40%.
Metabolism: Rapidly in the kidneys, blood and peripheral tissues.
Excretion: Urine (as inactive metabolites, and small amounts of unchanged drug). Elimination half-life: IV: Approx 70-90 min.
Chemical Structure

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Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Database. Calcitonin, CID=16220016, (accessed on Jan. 21, 2020)

Store between 2-8°C.
MIMS Class
Agents Affecting Bone Metabolism
ATC Classification
H05BA - Calcitonin preparations ; Used in the management of calcium homeostasis.
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