calcitonin nasal (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using calcitonin nasal (Fortical, Miacalcin Nasal)?
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to salmon calcitonin.
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.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether calcitonin nasal is harmful to an unborn baby. Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether calcitonin nasal passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I use calcitonin nasal (Fortical, Miacalcin Nasal)?
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 nasal.
This medication comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Store unopened calcitonin nasal in the refrigerator but do not allow it to freeze.
Once you put the bottle and pump assembly together, you may keep the medicine at room temperature, away from light and heat. Keep the bottle upright while stored. Throw away any unused medicine after 35 days.
Before your first use of the assembled bottle and pump, you must prime the spray. Allow the medicine to reach room temperature before priming.
To prime calcitonin nasal, spray the medicine into the air and away from your face, until a fine mist appears. You will need to prime the pump only before your first use of the newly assembled bottle.
Calcitonin nasal is usually given as one spray per day into only one of your nostrils. Use the other nostril the next day and continue alternating back and forth for each daily dose.
Before each use, gently blow your nose to clear your nostrils.
Hold the nasal spray upright with your first and second fingers on each side of the pump and your thumb on the bottom of the bottle.
Gently insert the sprayer tip into the nostril but not far into your nose. Bend your head forward to aim the spray toward the back of your nose. Pump the spray unit firmly to spray the medicine into your nostril. You do not need to sniff or inhale deeply.
Calcitonin nasal spray delivers a fine mist into the nose. Even if you do not feel the spray while using it, the medication is still being absorbed by your nasal passages.
Avoid blowing your nose for several minutes after using this medication.
Each bottle contains 30 doses of calcitonin nasal. Throw away the medicine after 30 uses, even if there is still medicine left in the bottle.
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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