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Calcitonin

Drug Information

Calcitonin is a hormone found naturally in the body. As a drug inhaled through the nose, it is used primarily to treat certain types of osteoporosis as well as to provide symptomatic relief from pain due to acute fractures or compression of the bones in the spine.

Common brand names:

Miacalcin NS

Summary of Interactions with Vitamins, Herbs, & Foods

Types of interactions: Beneficial Adverse Check

Replenish Depleted Nutrients

  • none

Reduce Side Effects

  • none

Support Medicine

  • Calcium

    Supplementation with 1,500 mg per day of calcium enhances the effects of nasal calcitonin on bone mass of the lumbar spine.1 Women who take a calcitonin nasal product for osteoporosis should also take calcium.

Reduces Effectiveness

  • none

Potential Negative Interaction

  • none

Explanation Required 

  • none

The Drug-Nutrient Interactions table may not include every possible interaction. Taking medicines with meals, on an empty stomach, or with alcohol may influence their effects. For details, refer to the manufacturers’ package information as these are not covered in this table. If you take medications, always discuss the potential risks and benefits of adding a new supplement with your doctor or pharmacist.

References

1. Nieves JW, Komar L, Cosman F, Lindsay R. Calcium potentiates the effect of estrogen and calcitonin on bone mass: review and analysis. Am J Clin Nutr 1998;Jan(67):18–24.

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