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Calcimar

Generic Name: calcitonin injection (kal si TOE nin)
Brand Names: Calcimar, Miacalcin

What is calcitonin injection?

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 purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about calcitonin injection?

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 visits to your doctor.

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.

What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking calcitonin injection?

Do not use this medication if you are allergic to salmon calcitonin.

Before using calcitonin injection, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any food or drugs. You may not be able to use calcitonin injection, or you may need a dosage adjustment or special tests during treatment.

FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. It is not known whether calcitonin passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Calcitonin may slow breast milk production. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take calcitonin injection?

Use this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use the medication in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the instructions on your prescription label.

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 given as a shot into a muscle or under your skin. Your doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider will give you this injection. You may be given instructions on how to inject your medicine at home. Do not use this medicine at home if you do not fully understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of needles and syringes used in giving the medicine.

Use each needle and syringe only one time. Throw away used needles and syringes in a puncture-proof container. If your medicine does not come with such a container, ask your pharmacist where you can get one. Keep this container out of the reach of children and pets. Your pharmacist can tell you how to properly dispose of the container.

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 visits to your doctor.

It is important to use calcitonin injection regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.

Store this medication in the refrigerator and do not allow it to freeze.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Use the medication as soon as you remember the missed dose. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and use the medicine at your next regularly scheduled time. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.

Symptoms of a calcitonin injection overdose may include nausea or vomiting.

What should I avoid while taking calcitonin injection?

There are no restrictions on food, beverages, or activity while using calcitonin injection unless your doctor has told you otherwise.

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.

Calcitonin injection side effects

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 are more likely to occur, such as:

  • warmth, redness, itching, or tingly feeling under your skin;

  • nausea, loss of appetite, stomach pain;

  • vomiting;

  • 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.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What other drugs will affect calcitonin injection?

There may be other drugs that can affect calcitonin injection. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist has information about calcitonin injection written for health professionals that you may read.

What does my medication look like?

Calcitonin injection is available with a prescription under the brand names Calcimar and Miacalcin. Other brand or generic forms may also be available. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about this medication, especially if it is new to you.

  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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