"March 7, 2013 -- An FDA panel voted to stop recommending calcitonin salmon for the treatment of osteoporosis in women who are at least five years past menopause.
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Miacalcin Patient Information Including Side Effects
Brand Names: Miacalcin
Generic Name: calcitonin injection (Pronunciation: kal si TOE nin)
- What is calcitonin injection (Miacalcin)?
- What are the possible side effects of calcitonin injection (Miacalcin)?
- What is the most important information I should know about calcitonin injection (Miacalcin)?
- What should I discuss with my health care provider before using calcitonin injection (Miacalcin)?
- How should I use calcitonin injection (Miacalcin)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Miacalcin)?
- What happens if I overdose (Miacalcin)?
- What should I avoid while using calcitonin injection (Miacalcin)?
- What other drugs will affect calcitonin injection (Miacalcin)?
- Where can I get more information?
What is calcitonin injection (Miacalcin)?
Calcitonin is a man-made form of a hormone that occurs naturally in the thyroid gland.
Calcitonin injection is used to treat Paget's disease of bone, postmenopausal osteoporosis, or high levels of calcium in the blood (hypercalcemia).
Calcitonin may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of calcitonin injection (Miacalcin)?
You may have increased bone pain during the first few months of treatment with calcitonin injection. This is not a sign that the medication isn't working properly.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- feeling light-headed, fainting; or
- muscle stiffness.
Less serious side effects may include:
- warmth, redness, itching, or tingly feeling under your skin;
- nausea, loss of appetite, stomach pain;
- skin rash or itching;
- increased urination, especially at night;
- eye pain;
- swelling in your feet; or
- swelling or irritation of the skin where an injection was given.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Read the Miacalcin (calcitonin-salmon) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects »
What is the most important information I should know about calcitonin injection (Miacalcin)?
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to salmon calcitonin.
To make sure you are not allergic to this medication, your doctor may perform an allergy skin test before your first dose of calcitonin injection.
Calcitonin injection is not a cure for Paget's disease and you may have a relapse, especially if your body forms antibodies and you become immune to calcitonin. Talk with your doctor at any time if you think the medication is not working as well as it did before.
To be sure this medication is helping your condition, your blood will need to be tested on a regular basis. Your urine may also need to be tested. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.
Calcitonin injection can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.
It is important to use calcitonin injection regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.
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