Calcitonin (Injection)

Introduction

Calcitonin (kal-si-TOE-nin)

Treats bone pain and other symptoms of Paget's disease. Also treats postmenopausal osteoporosis and high calcium levels in the body (hypercalcemia).

Brand Name(s)

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

Miacalcin

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to calcitonin-salmon.

How to Use This Medicine

Injectable

  • Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given as a shot under your skin or into one of your muscles.
  • You may be taught how to give your medicine at home. Make sure you understand all instructions before giving yourself an injection. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • You should not use the medicine if it looks discolored or has specks (particles) floating in the liquid. Do not use the medicine if the vial (glass container) appears to be damaged.
  • Use a new needle and syringe each time you inject your medicine.
  • You will be shown the body areas where this shot can be given. Use a different body area each time you give yourself a shot. Keep track of where you give each shot to make sure you rotate body areas.
  • If you are using this medicine for postmenopausal osteoporosis, you might need to take calcium and vitamin D supplements every day.

If a dose is missed:

  • If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine

  • If you store this medicine at home, keep it in the refrigerator. Do not freeze.
  • Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any leftover medicine, containers, and other supplies. You will also need to throw away old medicine after the expiration date has passed.
  • Throw away used needles in a hard, closed container that the needles cannot poke through. Keep this container away from children and pets..
  • Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are using lithium (Eskalith®, Lithobid®).

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have low calcium levels in your blood (hypocalcemia).
  • This medicine may cause a serious type of allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention. Call your doctor right away if you have a rash; itching; hoarseness; trouble breathing; trouble swallowing; or any swelling of your hands, face, or mouth while you are using this medicine.
  • Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.
  • Your doctor will need to check your blood or urine at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing.
  • Chest tightness, shortness of breath, or troubled breathing.
  • Dizziness or fainting.
  • Fever, chills, cough, sore throat, and body aches.
  • Increase in how much or how often you urinate.
  • Joint or muscle pain.
  • Swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet.
  • Unusual tiredness or weakness.

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Blurred vision.
  • Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain.
  • Going to the bathroom (urinating) more often, such as during the night.
  • Headache.
  • Itching of the earlobes or pain in the eyes.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Pain, itching, burning, swelling, or a lump under your skin or in your muscle where the shot was given.
  • Skin rash.
  • Warmth or redness in your face, neck, arms, or upper chest.

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

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