Slideshows Images Quizzes

Copyright © 2018 by RxList Inc. RxList does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. See additional information.



Comment from: Hairiette, 45-54 on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: November 14

My bone density increased while using this medication. I have had many stomach issues with other types of treatment. I've been using it for a couple of years.

Comment from: Gayle, 65-74 on Treatment for 1-6 months (Patient) Published: May 13

Be sure to read and understand the side effects. While things may only happen to less than 1%, if they happen to you, it's 100%. I took this for 3 1/2 months because I have severe osteoporosis and can't take any of the once a month or yearly injections. The problems began after about 6 weeks with pain in the muscle below my hip (felt at first like a catch in my hip) and a 'stiff' neck. It just happened every once in a while at first. Then it began to escalate until my leg, back and neck muscles were stiff and painful. I was hobbling around on two canes barely able to walk. Standing, sitting or lying down were equally painful. I complained to my doctor about these and that I also felt like I had the flu but knew I wasn't sick. In spite of my doctor's instructions after talking to her this, I stopped taking it because there was nothing else I could find that caused these same problems. Within a few days of stopping, I was able to walk with one cane and ever so slowly things began to get a bit better - at least for the first couple of months. Now 7 months later, I still have a problem with stiff and painful muscles. I once could drive for several hours without a problem. Now just being in the car for half an hour leaves me so stiff and painful that I can barely stand when getting out of the car. I can't get up if I'm on the floor without something to hold onto with both hands - my leg muscles simply won't support me until I'm pretty much standing. I am now seeing a different doctor and so far we've found no way to reverse the side effects.

Related Reading: osteoporosis | flu

Comment from: oldfogy38, 65-74 on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: June 18

My bone loss was minimal while on Miacalcin, since the insurance company increased the price beyond my ability to pay, the bone loss has been dramatic.

Related Reading: miacalcin

Comment from: Maggie, 65-74 on Treatment for 1-6 months (Patient) Published: February 28

So far so good. It is easy to use and no problems. Will know more after my next bone scan.

Comment from: 55-64 on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: June 22

Miacalcin improved the results on my spine and has kept my readings from my hip bone stable since I started using it about 3 years ago.

Comment from: 55-64 on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: May 07

Over a period of 3 years developed significant dysphasia related to use of nasal spray - was unable to protect my airway when swallowing. I was unable to control liquids from running down my throat, choked on secretions while at the dentist, choked on my own saliva, was awakened at night choking on my secretions, was unable to swallow dense foods. Aspiration was a serious risk. Trial on & off the nasal spray over the course of several months revealed the spray as the source. It took 3-4 months to regain the ability to protect my airway & swallow without difficulty. Have not seen this side effect listed I any of the literature.

Comment from: 65-74 on Treatment for 10+ years (Patient) Published: October 02

I started using this in 2001 and originally had great results where my osteoporosis didn't get worse. Then, in 2005, had to use this plus took Fosomax also, which helped prevented the osteoporosis from getting worse. In 2009 I developed jaw necrosis and had to stop using Fosomax. Now only use this along with caltrate plus and vitamin D. My osteoporosis is now slowly getting progressivly worse, but taking the Miacalcin is the only meds I can take for Osteoporosis due to other problems. I have no side effects takoing this nasal spray, but it is no longer strong enough for me - however, better than nothing at all! I never miss a morning without using my miacalcin and I always keep track of which side of my nose to spray.

Related Reading: vitamin d

Comment from: 65-74 on Treatment for 1-2 years (Patient) Published: September 29

Easy to use, I place the bottle on the side of the medicine cabinet related to the side of the nasal passage I used. This way I know to insert it in the other passage the next day. My only concern is I have noticed some hair loss and don't know if its related to this med?

Related Reading: hair loss

Comment from: 45-54 on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: October 26

I have been taking Miacalcin for over two years. While Miacalcin is very easy to use, it is slow acting. My bone density test showed that I lost bone mass. Now, I take it along with Boniva. Hope the combo helps.

Related Reading: miacalcin | boniva

Comment from: Pam, 55-64 on Treatment for 1-2 years (Patient) Published: September 18

This is easy to use and I hope it works.

Comment from: 45-54 on Treatment for 1-2 years (Patient) Published: December 03

It was so easy to take without any side effects...but after a year my bone density test did not change!

Comment from: 65-74 (Patient) Published: March 02

Have been using only the spray for 4 years due to osteoperosis. Bone mass has increased, but only slightly in spine and a little more in hip. During last year of use, experienced runny nose very often and finally, a red circle formed on the top of nose (size of a quarter)and was very red. Runny nose and redness has decreased since discontinuing the spray six weeks ago, but not completely.

Comment from: Sue, 65-74 on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: February 03

for about 2 yrs I took calcitonin salmon, then my drug supplier changed and they send this Miacalin. It smells absolutely terrible. It is like shooting old garbage up your nose. Even with the stuff I started with I got daily headaches on the side of the nostril I sprayed it in. My sinuses would also complain bitterly. My doc encouraged me to keep using it and I tried but the side effects are not worth it to me and the smell of it is horrible!!!! I no longer intend to take it.

Comment from: Janet, 65-74 on Treatment for 1-2 years (Patient) Published: October 07

It seemed to be no problem to use it for a year or so, but now when I use it, I begin sneezing over and over and have had to quit using it. Also had unexplained back pain (on one side) which has disappeared since I quite using Miacalcin. However, my bone density did improve using it with Evista so I'm not happy not being able to use it. There is also a generic Fortical.

Related Reading: evista | fortical

Comment from: OneDaughter, 55-64 on Treatment for 1-2 years Published: April 09

My Mother had abdomanal radiation which caused her pelvis to have multiple fractures which caused excurtiating pain. The orthopedic Doctor put her on this for bone pain and within two days the bone pain was gone. He said he did not know why Miacalcin worked for the pain but it had worked for other patients and it worked for my Mom. It increased her a quality of life which was such a great blessing! I'm trying to tell everyone I know since it doesn't seem to be a very well known use for the drug.

Comment from: Bob, 65-74 Female on Treatment for 5-10 years (Patient) Published: December 24

I'm male and had increasing back pain. My doctor prescribed OS/Cal with Vit. D (three times a day) and Miacalcin nasal spray once a day. Within a few weeks this symptom nearly disappeared. I've been following his instructions for about 8 years. I'm wondering why there is no generic substitute without a fishy smell.

Comment from: 25-34 Female on Treatment for 1-6 months (Patient) Published: March 16

this treatment is awsome. I love drugs.


What is another medical term for osteoporosis? See Answer

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Health Solutions From Our Sponsors