Miacalcin Nasal SprayPronunciation
Generic Name: calcitonin nasal (kal si TOE nin)
Brand Names: Fortical, Miacalcin Nasal
What is Miacalcin?
Miacalcin (calcitonin) is a man made form of a hormone that occurs naturally in the thyroid gland. It works by regulating calcium in the blood and bone.
Miacalcin Nasal Spray is used to treat osteoporosis in women who have been in menopause for at least 5 years. It should be used along with adequate calcium and vitamin D intake.
Miacalcin Nasal Spray may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
To make sure you are not allergic to Miacalcin, your doctor may perform an allergy skin test before your first dose of Miacalcin Nasal Spray.
Before using Miacalcin, 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 Miacalcin 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 Miacalcin is not causing harmful side effects to the inside of your nose, your doctor may want to check your nasal passages often. Visit your doctor regularly.
Before using Miacalcin
Do not use Miacalcin if you are allergic to salmon calcitonin.
To make sure you can safely use Miacalcin, 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 Miacalcin will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication. It is not known whether calcitonin passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use Miacalcin Nasal Spray without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
See also: Pregnancy and breastfeeding warnings (in more detail)
How should I use Miacalcin?
Use Miacalcin Nasal Spray exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
To make sure you are not allergic to calcitonin, your doctor may perform an allergy skin test before your first dose of Miacalcin Nasal Spray.
Miacalcin Nasal Spray 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 Miacalcin Nasal Spray in the refrigerator but do not allow it to freeze. Before priming the pump and using a new bottle, allow it to reach room temperature. 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 Miacalcin, 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.
Miacalcin 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.
Miacalcin 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 Miacalcin Nasal Spray.
Each bottle contains at least 30 doses of Miacalcin. Throw away the medicine after 35 days, 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 often. Visit your doctor regularly.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
An overdose of Miacalcin is not likely to produce life-threatening side effects.
What should I avoid?
Avoid using any other nasal sprays or nasal medications at the same time you use Miacalcin unless your doctor has told you to.
Miacalcin side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Miacalcin: 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:
tremors or shaking;
feeling like you might pass out; or
severe nasal irritation.
Less serious Miacalcin 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;
back pain; or
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.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
What other drugs will affect Miacalcin?
There may be other drugs that can interact with Miacalcin. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
More about Miacalcin (calcitonin)
- Miacalcin spray
- Miacalcin Injection (Advanced Reading)
- Miacalcin Nasal (Advanced Reading)
- Miacalcin Parenteral (Advanced Reading)
- Other brands: Fortical
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Where can I get more information?
- Your pharmacist can provide more information about Miacalcin.
- Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use Miacalcin Nasal Spray only for the indication prescribed.
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