Calcitonin

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What is calcitonin?

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Calcitonin is a natural hormone made in the thyroid gland. Fortical® and Miacalcin® are brand names of the synthetic salmon calcitonin product, taken as a nasal spray or an injection. This medicine treats osteoporosis in women who've been in menopause for at least five years. Osteoporosis is a common condition with weak, thin and brittle bones. This drug should be taken with calcium and vitamin D.

Is Miacalcin the same as Fortical?

Like Fortical® , Miacalcin® is a form of calcitonin-salmon, but it is made by chemical reactions while Fortical is produced using DNA technology. Although they are both nasal sprays used to treat osteoporosis, Miacalcin and Fortical are not considered to be the same medication, and they are not interchangeable.

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