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Calcitonin (Systemic)

Description and Brand Names | Before Using | Proper Use | Precautions | Side Effects | Additional Information

  • Antihypercalcemic therapy adjunct - Calcitonin-Human; Calcitonin-Salmon
  • Bone resorption inhibitor - Calcitonin-Human; Calcitonin-Salmon
  • Osteoporosis therapy adjunct - Calcitonin-Human; Calcitonin-Salmon

Calcitonin (kal-si-TOE-nin) is used to treat Paget's disease of bone. It also may be used to prevent continuing bone loss in women with postmenopausal osteoporosis and to treat hypercalcemia (too much calcium in the blood). This medicine may be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Calcitonin is available only with your doctor's prescription, in the following dosage forms:

  • Calcitonin-Human
    • Injection (U.S.)
  • Calcitonin-Salmon
    • Injection (U.S. and Canada)

Brand Names

Some commonly used brand names are:

In the U.S. -

  • Calcimar 2
  • Cibacalcin 1
  • Miacalcin 2

In Canada -

  • Calcimar 2


For quick reference, the following calcitonin are numbered to match the corresponding brand names.

This information applies to the following medicines:
1. Calcitonin-Human (kal-si-TOE-nin HYOO-man)†
2. Calcitonin-Salmon (kal-si-TOE-ninSAM-en)
† Not commercially available in Canada


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Calcitonin: Before Using

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