Calcitonin for Osteoporosis
Why It Is Used
Calcitonin is used in women with Reference osteoporosis Opens New Window to help reduce bone loss.
It may be prescribed for women who are more than 5 years beyond menopause and who do not tolerate bisphosphonate medicines.
Calcitonin may be used in men with osteoporosis who have normal levels of the male sex hormone Reference testosterone Opens New Window or whose osteoporosis does not get better with testosterone treatment.
Calcitonin may relieve pain caused by spinal compression fractures.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: November 6, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Carla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine