Calcitonin-Salmon Nasal SprayPronunciation
Dosage Form: nasal spray
Indications and Usage for Calcitonin-Salmon Nasal Spray
Treatment of Postmenopausal Osteoporosis
Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution is indicated for the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis in women greater than 5 years postmenopause. Fracture reduction efficacy has not been demonstrated. Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution should be reserved for patients for whom alternative treatments are not suitable (e.g., patients for whom other therapies are contraindicated or for patients who are intolerant or unwilling to use other therapies).
Important Limitations of Use
- Due to the possible association between malignancy and calcitonin-salmon use, the need for continued therapy should be re-evaluated on a periodic basis [see WARNINGS and PRECAUTIONS (5.4)].
- Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution has not been shown to increase spinal bone mineral density in early postmenopausal women.
Calcitonin-Salmon Nasal Spray Dosage and Administration
Basic Dosing Information
The recommended dose of Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution is 1 spray (200 International Units) per day administered intranasally, alternating nostrils daily.
Priming (Activation) of Pump
Unopened Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution should be stored in the refrigerator. Before using the first dose of Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution, the patient should wait until it has reached room temperature. To prime the pump before it is used for the first time, the bottle should be held upright and the two white side arms of the pump depressed toward the bottle, repeat until a full spray is released. The pump is primed once the first full spray is emitted. To administer, the nozzle should first be carefully placed into the nostril while the patient’s head is in the upright position, then the pump should be firmly depressed toward the bottle. The pump should not be primed before each daily dose.
Recommendations for Calcium and Vitamin D Supplementation
Patients who use Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution should receive adequate calcium (at least 1000 mg elemental calcium per day) and vitamin D (at least 400 International Units per day).
Dosage Forms and Strengths
Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution consists of one glass bottle and one screw on pump. The bottle contains 3.7 mL of calcitonin-salmon clear solution at a concentration of 2200 International Units per mL. A primed pump delivers 0.09 mL (200 International Units) calcitonin-salmon per actuation.
Hypersensitivity to calcitonin-salmon or any of the excipients. Reactions have included anaphylactic shock, anaphylaxis, bronchospasm, and swelling of the tongue or throat [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS (5.1)].
Warnings and Precautions
Serious hypersensitivity reactions have been reported in patients receiving Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution, e.g., bronchospasm, swelling of the tongue or throat, anaphylaxis and anaphylactic shock. Reports of serious hypersensitivity reactions with injectable calcitonin-salmon have also been reported, including reports of death attributed to anaphylaxis. The usual provisions should be made for emergency treatment if such a reaction occurs. Hypersensitivity reactions should be differentiated from generalized flushing and hypotension [see CONTRAINDICATION (4)].
For patients with suspected hypersensitivity to calcitonin-salmon, skin testing should be considered prior to treatment utilizing a dilute, sterile solution of a calcitonin-salmon injectable product. Healthcare providers may wish to refer patients who require skin testing to an allergist. A detailed skin testing protocol is available from the Medical Services Department of Par Pharmaceutical Inc. at 1-800-828-9393.
Hypocalcemia associated with tetany (i.e., muscle cramps, twitching) and seizure activity has been reported with calcitonin therapy. Hypocalcemia must be corrected before initiating therapy with Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution. Other disorders affecting mineral metabolism (such as vitamin D deficiency) should also be effectively treated. In patients with these conditions, serum calcium and symptoms of hypocalcemia should be monitored during therapy with Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution. Use of Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution is recommended in conjunction with an adequate intake of calcium and vitamin D [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION (2.3)].
Nasal Adverse Reactions
Adverse reactions related to the nose including rhinitis and epistaxis have been reported. Development of mucosal alterations may occur. Therefore, periodic nasal examinations with visualization of the nasal mucosa, turbinates, septum and mucus, turbinates, septum and mucosal blood vessels are recommended prior to start of treatment with Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution, periodically during the course of therapy, at any time nasal symptoms occur.
Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution should be discontinued if severe ulceration of the nasal mucosa occurs, as indicated by ulcers greater than 1.5 mm in diameter or penetrating below the mucosa, or those associated with heavy bleeding. Although smaller ulcers often heal without withdrawal of Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution, medication should be discontinued temporarily until healing occurs [see ADVERSE REACTIONS (6.1)].
In a meta-analysis of 21 randomized, controlled clinical trials with calcitonin-salmon (nasal spray or investigational oral formulations), the overall incidence of malignancies reported was higher among calcitonin-salmon treated patients (4.1%) compared with placebo-treated patients (2.9%). This suggests an increased risk of malignancies in calcitonin-salmon treated patients compared to placebo treated patients. The benefits for the individual patient should be carefully considered against possible risks [see ADVERSE REACTIONS (6.1)].
Circulating antibodies to calcitonin-salmon have been reported with Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution. The possibility of antibody formation should be considered in any patient with an initial response to Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution who later stops responding to treatment [see ADVERSE REACTIONS (6.3)].
Urine Sediment Abnormalities
Coarse granular casts and casts containing renal tubular epithelial cells were reported in young adult volunteers at bed rest who were given injectable calcitonin-salmon to study the effect of immobilization on osteoporosis. There was no other evidence of renal abnormality and the urine sediment normalized after calcitonin-salmon was stopped. Periodic examinations of urine sediment should be considered. Urine sediment abnormalities have not been reported in ambulatory volunteers treated with calcitonin salmon nasal spray.
The following serious adverse reactions are discussed in greater detail in other sections of the label:
- Hypersensitivity Reactions, including anaphylaxis [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS (5.1)].
- Hypocalcemia [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS (5.2)].
- Nasal Adverse Reactions [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS (5.3)].
- Malignancy [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS (5.4)].
Clinical Trials Experience
Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.
The safety of Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution in the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis was assessed in 5 randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled trials that enrolled postmenopausal women, aged 45-75 years. The duration of the trials ranged from 1 to 2 years. The incidence of adverse reactions reported in studies involving postmenopausal osteoporotic patients chronically exposed to Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution (N=341) and to placebo nasal spray (N=131), and reported in greater than 3% of Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution treated patients are presented in the following table. Other than flushing, nausea, possible allergic reactions, and possible local irritative effects in the respiratory tract, a relationship to Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution has not been established.
|† Symptom of nose includes: nasal crusts, dryness, redness or erythema, nasal sores, irritation, itching, thick feeling, soreness, pallor, infection, stenosis, runny/blocked, small wound, bleeding wound, tenderness, uncomfortable feeling and sore across bridge of nose.|
Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution N = 341
Placebo Nasal Spray N = 131
% of Patients
% of Patients
Symptom of Nose†
Nasal Adverse Reactions: In all postmenopausal patients treated with Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution , the most commonly reported nasal adverse reactions included rhinitis (12%), epistaxis (4%), and sinusitis (2%). Smoking did not have a contributory effect on the occurrence of nasal adverse reactions.
Adverse reactions reported in 1 to 3% of patients treated with Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution include: influenza-like symptoms, erythematous rash, arthrosis, myalgia, sinusitis, upper respiratory tract infection, bronchospasm, abdominal pain, nausea, dizziness, paresthesia, abnormal lacrimation, conjunctivitis, lymphadenopathy, infection, and depression.
A meta-analysis of 21 randomized, controlled clinical trials with calcitonin-salmon (nasal spray or investigational oral formulations) was conducted to assess the risk ofmalignancies in calcitonin-salmon treated patients compared to placebo-treatedpatients. The trialsin the meta-analysis ranged in duration from6 months to 5 years and included a total of10883 patients (6151 treated with calcitonin-salmon and 4732 treated with placebo). The overall incidence of malignancies reportedin these 21 trials was higher among calcitonin-salmon- treated patients (254/6151 or 4.1%) compared with placebo-treated patients (137/4732 or 2.9%). Findings were similar when analyses were restricted to the 18 nasal spray only trials [calcitonin-salmon 122/2712 (4.5%); placebo 30/1309 (2.3%)].
The meta-analysis results suggest anincreased risk of overall malignanciesin calcitonin-salmon-treated patients compared to placebo-treated patientswhen all 21trials are included and when the analysis is restricted to the 18 nasal spray only trials (see Table 2). It is not possible to exclude an increased risk when calcitonin-salmon is administered by the subcutaneous, intramuscular, or intravenous route because these routes of administration were not investigated in the meta-analysis. The increased malignancy risk seenwith the meta-analysis was heavily influenced by a single large 5-year trial, which had an observed riskdifference of 3.4% [95% CI (0.4%, 6.5%)]. Imbalances in risks were still observed when analysesexcluded basal cell carcinoma (see Table 2); the data were not sufficient for furtheranalyses by type of malignancy. A mechanismfor these observations has not been identified. Although a definitive causal relationship between calcitonin-salmon use and malignancies cannot be established from this meta-analysis, the benefits for the individualpatient should be carefully evaluated against all possible risks [seeWARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS (5.4)].
Table 2: Risk Difference for Malignancies in Calcitonin-Salmon Treated Patients Compared with Placebo-Treated Patients
Risk Difference 1 (%)
95% Confidence Interval 2 (%)
All (nasal spray + oral)
All (nasal spray + oral)
Excluding basal cell carcinoma
All (nasal spray only)
All (nasal spray only)
Excluding basal cell carcinoma
1 The overall adjusted risk difference is the difference between the percentage of patients who had any malignancy (or malignancy excluding basal cell carcinoma) in calcitonin-salmon and placebo treatment groups, using the Mantel-Haenszel (MH) fixed-effect method. A risk difference of 0 is suggestive of no difference in malignancy risks between the treatment groups.
2 The corresponding 95% confidence interval for the overall adjusted risk difference also based on MH fixed-effect method.
Because postmarketing adversereactions are reported voluntarily froma population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequencyor establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.
The following adverse reactions have been reported during post-approval use of Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution.
- •Allergic/Hypersensitivity Reactions:Serious allergic reactions have been reported in patients receiving Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution, including anaphylaxis and anaphylactic shock.
- •Hypocalcemia:Hypocalcemia with paresthesia has been reported.
- •Body as a Whole: facial or peripheral edema
- •Cardiovascular: hypertension, vasodilatation, syncope, chest pain
- •Nervous system: dizziness, seizure, visual or hearing impairment, tinnitus
- •Respiratory/Special Senses: cough, bronchospasm, dyspnea, loss of taste/smell
- •Skin: rash/dermatitis, pruritus, alopecia, increased sweating
- •Gastrointestinal: diarrhea
- •Nervous System Disorders: tremor
Consistent with the potentiallyimmunogenic properties of medicinal products containing peptides, administration of Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution may trigger the development ofanti-calcitonin antibodies.In a two-year Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution clinicalstudy that evaluated immunogenicity, a measurable antibodytiter was found in 69% of patients treated with Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution and 3% of placebo-treated patients. Antibody formation may be associated with a loss of response to treatment[see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS (5.5)].
The incidence of antibody formation is highly dependent on the sensitivity and specificity of the assay. Additionally, the observed incidence of a positive antibodytest result may be influenced by several factors, including assay methodology, sample handling, timing ofsample collection, concomitant medications, and underlying disease. For these reasons, comparison of antibodies to Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution with the incidence of antibodies to other calcitonin-containing products may be misleading.
No formal drug interaction studies have been performed with Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution.
Concomitant use of calcitonin-salmon and lithium may lead to a reduction in plasma lithium concentrations due to increased urinary clearance of lithium. The dose of lithium may require adjustment.
USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS
Pregnancy Category C:
There are noadequate and well-controlled studies inpregnant women. Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution shouldbe used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the use as compared with potential risks tothe patient and fetus. Based on animal data, Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution is predicted to have low probability of increasing the risk of adverse developmental outcomes above background risk.
Calcitonin-salmon has been shown to cause a decrease in fetal birth weights in rabbits when given by subcutaneous injection in doses 4 to 18 times the parenteral dose (of 54 International Units/m2) and 70 to 278 times the intranasal dose recommended for human use based on body surface area. No embryo/fetal toxicities related to Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution were reported from maternal subcutaneous daily doses in rats up to 80 International Units/kg/day from gestation day 6 to 15.
It is not known whether this drug is excreted in human milk. No studies have been conducted to assess the impact of Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution on milk production in humans, its presence in human breast milk, or its effects on the breast-fed child. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution is administered to a nursing woman. Calcitonin has been shown to inhibit lactation in rats.
Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients have not been established.
In a multi-centered, double-blind, randomized clinical study of calcitonin salmon nasal spray, 279 patients were less than 65 years old, while 467 patients were 65 to 74 years old and 196 patients were 75 years old and older. Compared to subjects less than 65 years old, the incidence of nasal adverse reactions (rhinitis, irritation, erythema, and excoriation) was higher in patients over the age of 65, particularly among those over the age of 75. Other reported clinical experience has not identified differences in responses between the elderly and younger patients, but greater sensitivity of some older individuals cannot be ruled out.
The pharmacologic actions of Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solutionsuggest that hypocalcemictetany could occur in overdose. Therefore, provisions for parenteral administration of calcium should be available for the treatment of overdose.
Single doses of Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution up to 1600 International Units, doses up to 800 International Units per day for 3 days and chronic administration of doses up to 600 International Units per day have been studied without serious adverse effects.
Calcitonin-Salmon Nasal Spray Description
Calcitonin is a polypeptide hormone secreted by the parafollicular cells of the thyroid gland in mammals and by the ultimobranchial gland of birds and fish.
Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution is a synthetic polypeptide of 32 amino acids in the same linear sequence that is found in calcitonin of salmon origin. This is shown by the following graphic formula:
It is provided in a 3.7 mL fill glass bottle as a solution for nasal administration. This is sufficient medication for at least 30 doses.
Active Ingredient: calcitonin-salmon, 2200 International Units per mL (corresponding to 200 International Units per 0.09 mL actuation).
Inactive Ingredients: sodium chloride, chlorobutanol (possesses a characteristic odor), hydrochloric acid (added as necessary to adjust pH), purified water and nitrogen.
The activity of Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution is stated in International Units based on bioassay in comparison with the International Reference Preparation of calcitonin-salmon for Bioassay, distributed by the National Institute of Biologic Standards and Control, Holly Hill, London.
Calcitonin-Salmon Nasal Spray - Clinical Pharmacology
Mechanism of Action
Calcitonin-salmon is a calcitonin receptor agonist. Calcitonin-salmon acts primarily on bone, but direct renal effects and actions on the gastrointestinal tract are also recognized. Calcitonin-salmon appears to have actions essentially identical to calcitonins of mammalian origin, but its potency per mg is greater and it has a longer duration of action.
The actions of calcitonin on bone and its role in normal human bone physiology are still not completely elucidated, although calcitonin receptors have beendiscoveredin osteoclasts and osteoblasts.
The information below, describing the clinical pharmacology of calcitonin, has been derived from studies with injectable calcitonin-salmon. The mean bioavailability of Calcitonin-Salmon Nasal Spray is approximately 3% of the injectable calcitonin-salmon in healthy subjects and, therefore, theconclusionsconcerningtheclinical pharmacology of this preparation may be different.
Single injections of calcitonin-salmon caused a marked transient inhibition of the ongoing bone resorptive process. With prolonged use, there is a persistent, smaller decrease in the rate of bone resorption. Histologically, this is associated witha decreasednumber of osteoclasts and an apparent decrease in their resorptive activity.
In healthy adults, who have a relatively low rate of bone resorption, theadministration of exogenous calcitonin‑ salmon results in decreases in serumcalciumwithin thelimits of the normal range. In healthy children and in patients whose bone resorption is more rapid, decreasesin serumcalciumare more pronounced in response to calcitonin-salmon.
Studies withinjectable calcitonin-salmon show increasesin the excretionof filtered phosphate, calcium, and sodiumby decreasing their tubular reabsorption. Comparable studieshave not been conducted with Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution.
Some evidence fromstudies with injectable preparations suggests that calcitonin-salmon may have effects on the gastrointestinal tract.Short-termadministration of injectable calcitonin-salmon results in marked transient decreases in the volume and acidity ofgastric juice and in the volume andthe trypsin and amylase content of pancreatic juice. Whether these effects continue to beelicited after each injection of calcitonin-salmon during chronic therapy has not been investigated. These studies have not beenconducted with Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution.
In two clinical studies designed toevaluate the pharmacodynamic response to Calcitonin-Salmon Nasal Spray, administration of calcitonin-salmon 100-1600 International Unitsto healthy volunteers resulted in rapid and sustained decreases within the normal range for both total serumcalciumand serumionized calcium. Single doses of calcitonin-salmon greater than 400 International Units did notproduce any further biological response to the drug.
The bioavailability of Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution relative to intramuscular administration in healthy volunteers is between 3 and 5%. Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution is absorbed rapidly by the nasal mucosa with a mean Tmax of about 13 minutes. The terminal half-life of calcitonin-salmon has been calculated to be around 18 minutes and no evidence of accumulation was observed with multiple dosing.
Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility
The incidence of pituitary adenomas was increased in rats after one and two years of subcutaneous exposure to synthetic calcitonin-salmon. The significance of this finding to humansis unknown because pituitary adenomas are very common in rats as they age, the pituitary adenomas did not transforminto metastatic tumors, there were no other clear treatment-related neoplasms, and synthetic calcitonin salmon related neoplasms were not observed in mice after two years of dosing.
The only clear neoplastic finding in rats dosed subcutaneously with synthetic calcitonin-salmon was an increase in the incidence of pituitary adenomas in male Fisher 344rats and female Sprague Dawley rats after one year of dosing and male Sprague Dawley rats dosed for one and two years. In female Sprague Dawley rats, the incidence of pituitary adenomas after two years was high in all treatment groups (between 80% and 92% including the control groups) such that a treatment-related effectcould not be distinguished fromnatural backgroundincidence.Thelowestdosein male Sprague Dawley rats thatdeveloped an increased incidence of pituitary adenomas after two yearsof dosing (1.7 International Units/kg/day) is approximately 2 times the maximum recommended intranasal dose in humans (200International Units/day) based on body surface area conversion between rats and humansand a 20-fold conversion factor to account for decreased clinical exposure via the intranasal route. The findingssuggest that calcitonin-salmon reducedthe latency period for development of non-functioning pituitary adenomas.
No carcinogenicity potential was evident in male or female mice dosed subcutaneously for two years with synthetic calcitonin-salmon at dosesup to 800 International Units/kg/day. The 800 International Units/kg/day dose is approximately 390 times the maximum recommended intranasal dose in humans (200 International Units) basedon scaling for body surface area anda 20-foldconversion factor to account for low clinical exposure via the intranasal route.
Synthetic calcitonin-salmon testednegative for mutagenicity usingSalmonella typhimurium(5strains) and Escherichiacoli (2 strains), with and withoutrat liver metabolic activation, and was not clastogenic in a chromosome aberration test in Chinese Hamster V79cells. There was no evidence that calcitonin- salmon was clastogenic in the in vivomouse micronucleustest.
Effects ofcalcitonin-salmon on fertility have not been assessed in animals.
Two randomized, placebo-controlled, two-year trials were conducted in 266 postmenopausal women who were greater than 5 years postmenopause with spinal, forearmor femoral bone mineral density (BMD) at least one standard deviation belowthe normal value for healthy premenopausal women (T-score < -1). In both studies, a total of 144 patients receivedCalcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution 200 International Units or placebodaily. The intent-to-treat population comprised 139 patients who had at least one follow-up BMD measurement. In study 1, patients also received 500 mg daily calciumsupplements, while in study 2, patients received no calciumsupplementation. The primary endpoint for both studieswas percent change in lumbar spine BMD at 2 years. Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution increased lumbar vertebral BMD relative to placebo in women with low bone mass who were greater than 5 years post menopause (see Table 3 below).
Table 3. Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution: Lumbar Spine Bone Mineral Density in Women Greater Than 5 years Postmenopause With Low Bone Mass
Lumber Spine Bone Mineral Density, Mean Change from Baseline (in %) at Month 24
Study 1 (with calcium supplement) n (ITT) = 100
Study 2 (no calcium supplement) n(ITT) = 39
Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution 200 IU NS Daily
ITT: Intent to Treat
IU: International Units
NS: nasal spray
+p – values by parametric testing (2 – tailed 2-sample t-test)
No effects of calcitonin salmon nasal spray on cortical bone of the forearm or hip were demonstrated.
In clinical studies of postmenopausal osteoporosis, bone biopsy and radial bone mass assessments at baseline and after 26 months of daily injectable calcitonin-salmon indicate that calcitonin therapy results in the formation of normal bone.
How Supplied/Storage and Handling
Available as a metered dose clear solution in a 3.7 mL fill clear glass bottle. It is available in a dosage strength of 200 International Units per activation (0.09 mL/spray). A screw-on pump is provided. The pump, following priming, will deliver 0.09 mL of solution. Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution contains 2200 International Units/mL calcitonin-salmon and is provided in an individual box containing one glass bottle and one screw-on pump (NDC 49884-161-11).
Storage and Handling
Store unopened bottle in refrigerator between 2°C to 8°C (36°F to 46°F). Freezing is to be avoided.
Store bottle in use at room temperature between 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F) in an upright position, for up to 35 days.
Each bottle contains at least 30 doses. Discard bottle after 30 doses.
Patient Counseling Information
See FDA-approved patient labeling (Patient Information and Instructions for use).
- Instruct patients on pump assembly, priming of the pump, and nasal introduction of Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution. Although instructions for patients are supplied with the individual bottle, procedures for use should be demonstrated to each patient[see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION (2.2)]. Patients should notify their healthcare provider if they developsignificant nasal irritation [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS (5.3)].
- Informpatients of the potentialincrease in risk of malignancy[see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS (5.4)].
- Advise patients to maintain an adequate calcium(at least 1000 mg elemental calcium per day) and vitamin D (at least 400 International Units per day) intake [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION (2.3)].
- Instruct patientstoseekemergency medicalhelporgotothenearesthospitalemergencyroomrightawayif they develop any signs or symptomsof a serious allergic reaction.
- Advise patients how to correctly store unopened and opened product [see HOW SUPPLIED/STORAGE AND HANDLING (16)].Advise patients that the bottleshould be discarded after 30doses, because after 30 doses, each spray may not deliver the correct amount of medication even if the bottle is not completely empty.
INFORMATION FOR THE PATIENT
Read this Patient Information before you start using Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This information does not take the place of talking to your healthcare provider about your medical condition or your treatment.
What is Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution?
Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution is a prescription medicine used to treat osteoporosis in women more than 5 years after menopause. Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution should be used for women who cannot use other treatments or who choose not to use other treatments for osteoporosis.
It is not known if Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution lowers the chance of having bone fractures.
Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution has not been shown to be effective in women less than 5 years after menopause.
It is not known if Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution is safe and effective in children under 18 years of age.
Who should not use Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution?
Do not use Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution if you:
- are allergic to calcitonin-salmon or any of the ingredients in Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution. See the end of this leaflet for a complete list of ingredients in Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before using Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution? Before you use Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution, tell your healthcare provider if you:
- have any other medical conditions
- have low calcium levels in your blood
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution can harm your unborn baby.
- are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution passes into your breast milk. You and your healthcare provider should decide if you will use Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution or breastfeed.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Especially tell your healthcare provider if you take:
- lithium. Your healthcare provider may need to change your dose of lithium while you use Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution.
Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show your healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.
How should I use Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution?
- For detailed instructions, see the Instructions for Use at the end of this Patient Information leaflet.
- Use Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to use it.
- Do not use Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution until your healthcare provider shows you and you understand how to use it correctly.
- Use 1 spray of Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution, 1 time each day, in 1 nostril (inside your nose).
- Start with 1 spray in your left nostril on your first day, followed by 1 spray in your right nostril on the second day.
- Continue to switch nostrils for your dose each day.
- Your healthcare provider should check your nose before you start using Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution and often while you are using it.
- Tell your healthcare provider if you start to have discomfort (irritation) in your nose that bothers you while you use Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution.
- Your healthcare provider should prescribe calcium and vitamin D to help prevent low calcium levels in your blood while you use Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution.
- Take your calcium and vitamin D as your healthcare provider tells you to.
- There are 30 doses (sprays) of Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution in each bottle. After 30 doses, each spray may not give you the right amount of medicine, even if the bottle is not completely empty. Keep track of the number of doses of medicine used from your bottle.
- If you use too much Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution, call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away.
What are the possible side effects of Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution?
Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution may cause serious side effects, including:
- allergic reactions
Some people have had an allergic reaction when using Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution. Some reactions may be serious and can be life threatening. Call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away if you have any of these symptoms of an allergic reaction.
- trouble breathing
- swelling of your face, throat or tongue
- fast heartbeat
- chest pain
- feel dizzy or faint
If you might be allergic to calcitonin-salmon, your healthcare provider should do a skin test before you use Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution.
- low calcium levels in your blood (hypocalcemia)
Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution may lower the calcium levels in your blood. If you have low blood calcium before you start using Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution, it may get worse during treatment. Your low blood calcium must be treated before you use Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution. Most people with low blood calcium levels do not have symptoms, but some people may have symptoms. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms of low blood calcium:
- numbness or tingling in your fingers, toes, or around your mouth
Your healthcare provider should:
- do blood tests while you use Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution
- prescribe calcium and vitamin D to help prevent low calcium levels in your blood while you use Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution
Take your calcium and vitamin D as your healthcare provider tells you to.
- nose irritation
Irritation of your nose can happen while you are using Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution, especially if you are over 65 years of age. Call your healthcare provider right way if you have any of these symptoms of nose irritation
- redness or swelling
- nose sores (ulcers)
- nose bleeds
Your healthcare provider may stop your treatment with Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution until your nose irritation symptoms go away.
- risk of cancer
People who use calcitonin-salmon, the medicine in Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution, may have an increased risk of cancer.
- increase of certain cells (sediment) in your urine
Your healthcare provider should test your urine often while you are using Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution.
The most common side effects of Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution include:
- back pain
- muscle aches
- runny nose
These are not all the possible side effects of Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any side effect that bothers you or does not go away.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1‑800-FDA-1088.
How do I store Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution?
- Store open bottles of Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution at room temperature between 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F) for 35 days.
- Store unopened bottles of Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution in the refrigerator between 2°C to 8°C (36°F to 46°F). Do not freeze.
- Store Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution bottles in an upright position.
- Safely throw away Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution in the trash after you have used 30 doses (sprays).
Keep Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution and all other medicines out of the reach of children.
General information about the safe and effective use of Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution.
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Patient Information leaflet. Do not use Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them.
This Patient Information summarizes the most important information about Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution. If you would like more information, talk with your healthcare provider. You can ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider for information about Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution that is written for health professionals.
For more information, call 1-800-828-9393.
What are the ingredients in Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution?
Active Ingredients: calcitonin-salmon
Inactive Ingredients: sodium chloride, chlorobutanol (possesses a characteristic odor), hydrochloric acid (added as necessary to adjust pH), purified water and nitrogen.
Instructions for Use
Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution, USP
(Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Spray)
HOW TO ASSEMBLE AND USE
Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution, USP
One Spray, Once a Day
BEFORE USING CALCITONIN SALMON NASAL SOLUTION
This package contains one bottle of Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution and one screw on pump.
Important Facts About Your Medication:
- The bottle contains the proper amount of medication — be aware that the entire bottle will not be filled with liquid.
- Before opening and assembling your medication bottle, keep it in your refrigerator between 2°C to 8°C (36°F to 46°F). Freezing is to be avoided.
- After opening and assembling a new medication bottle, keep it at room temperature between 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F) in an upright position.
HOW TO USE CALCITONIN SALMON NASAL SOLUTION
Putting the Nasal Spray Pump Unit Together
1.If your bottle and pump unit were already assembled by your pharmacist, go to step 6. If not, remove the bottle from your refrigerator and allow it to reach room temperature before assembling.
2.Keeping the bottle upright, unscrew the white cap.
3.Remove the pump from the plastic protection bag.
4.Holding the bottle upright, insert the nasal spray pump unit into the bottle. Then turn the pump clockwise, and tighten it until it is securely fastened to the bottle.
Note: Do not depress pump when it is not attached to the bottle.
5. Holding the bottle upright with your index finger on top of one of the two side arms of the pump, gently remove the clear protective cap from the top of the nozzle.
- Priming a New Bottle
6. To ensure proper delivery of medication, a newly opened and assembled bottle must be primed before you use it for the first time.
If your pharmacist assembled the unit for you, check to see if it has already been primed by pumping the unit once. If a full spray is emitted, the unit has already been primed. If no spray is emitted, you must prime the unit. Holding the bottle upright with your index and middle fingers on the two side arms of the pump, and your thumb on the bottom of the bottle, press the arms down fully until you see a full spray. Now the nasal spray is ready for use.
Do not re-prime the pump before each daily use because this will waste your medication.
Using the Medication
7. The recommended dose of Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution is one spray once a day in one nostril.
Keep your head upright and carefully place the nozzle in one nostril.
Tilt the bottle until it is in a straight line with the nasal passage.
Firmly press down on the pump once to spray the medication into your nose. It is not necessary to inhale while this is being done. Please note: Because the mist is so fine, you may not feel it inside your nose. Also, some medication may drip out of your nose. However, in either case, the medication is absorbed. IMPORTANT: Do not "test" the spray unit or prime it before you use your daily dose because this will waste your medication.
Cleaning the Pump
Once or twice a week, wipe the nozzle with a clean, damp cloth. Dry the nozzle before replacing the dust cap
Storing the Unit
8. Holding the bottle with two fingers under the two side arms of the pump, gently replace the protective cap on the nasal spray unit. Be careful not to depress the pump while this is being done. Once the pump is primed, the unit must be kept at room temperature between 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F) in the upright position until the medication is finished.
- Do not refrigerate the unit between doses
- Do not store the unit on its side
Bottles left at room temperature (opened or unopened) for more than 35 days must be discarded.
Refrigerated bottles are good until the expiration date stamped on the bottle and box.
Alternate Nostrils Daily
The first day, start with one spray in the left nostril. The next day, use one spray in the right nostril, and so on.
It is important to receive the correct daily amount of calcium and vitamin D, as directed by your healthcare provider.
- Use Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution daily.
To ensure proper treatment, it is important to use your Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution daily even if you have no symptoms of postmenopausal osteoporosis.
What is the Correct Dose of Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution?
A single spray of Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution, USP contains one daily dose, which is 200 International Units of calcitonin-salmon. The fine mist is actually 0.09 mL (milliliter) of solution. Your bottle of Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution contains at least 30 doses. Priming the pump as described in step 6 does not alter the total number of doses available in a bottle of Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution. The bottle need only be primed once after assembly. Do not reprime or "test spray" your bottle before you use your daily dose of Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution. This will waste your medication.
Please see your healthcare provider for complete product information for Calcitonin Salmon Nasal Solution.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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