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Brand Names: Fortical, Miacalcin Nasal

Generic Name: calcitonin nasal (Pronunciation: kal si TOE nin)

What is calcitonin nasal (Fortical, Miacalcin Nasal)?

Calcitonin is a man-made form of a hormone that occurs naturally in the thyroid gland.

Calcitonin nasal is used to treat osteoporosis in women who have been in menopause for at least 5 years.

Calcitonin nasal may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of calcitonin nasal (Fortical, Miacalcin Nasal)?

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
  • severe nasal irritation.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • bleeding from your nose;
  • runny or stuffy nose;
  • dryness, itching, tenderness, or general discomfort of your nose;
  • crusting, scabs, or sores inside your nose;
  • redness in or around your nose;
  • warmth, redness, or tingly feeling under your skin;
  • headache;
  • back pain; or
  • nausea.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about calcitonin nasal (Fortical, Miacalcin Nasal)?

To make sure you are not allergic to this medication, your doctor may perform an allergy skin test before your first dose of calcitonin nasal.

Before using calcitonin nasal, tell your doctor if you have any nasal or sinus problems such as nasal deformities, a chronic infection, or nasal pain.

Avoid using any other nasal sprays or medicines at the same time you use calcitonin nasal unless your doctor has told you to.

Call your doctor at once if you have any type of severe irritation of your nose, or if you feel light-headed or faint.

Less serious nasal irritation is more likely to occur, such as minor bleeding, redness, itching, tenderness, dryness, crusting, scabs, or nasal congestion.

To be sure this medication is not causing harmful side effects to the inside of your nose, your doctor may want to check your nasal passages on a regular basis. Do not miss any scheduled visits to your doctor.



Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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