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Careful instructions on pump assembly, priming of the pump and nasal introduction of FORTICAL® calcitonin-salmon (rDNA origin) Nasal Spray should be given to the patient. Although instructions for patients are supplied with the individual bottle, procedures for use should be demonstrated to each patient. Patients should notify their physician if they develop significant nasal irritation.
Get emergency medical help right away if you have any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction:
- trouble breathing
- swelling of your face, throat or tongue
- rapid heartbeat
- chest pain
- feel faint or dizzy
Patients should be advised of the following:
- Store new, unassembled bottles in the refrigerator between 36-46oF (2-8oC).
- Protect the product from freezing.
- Keep the bottle of Fortical® Nasal Spray away from light.
- Before priming the pump and using a new bottle, allow it to reach room temperature.
- After opening a new bottle of Fortical® Nasal Spray, store bottle in use with pump attached at room temperature, 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C), in an upright position. Each bottle contains enough medicine for 30 doses.
- Throw away the empty bottle of Fortical® Nasal Spray after you have used 30 doses.
- See DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION, Priming (Activation) of Pump for complete instructions on priming the pump and administering FORTICAL® calcitonin-salmon (rDNA origin) Nasal Spray.
Last reviewed on RxList: 8/26/2011
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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