Calcitonin is a hormone produced by the thyroid gland that helps
regulate calcium levels in the body and is involved in the process of bone
building. When taken by shot or nasal spray, it slows the rate of bone thinning
related to osteoporosis.
Calcitonin levels in the blood drop after a person has his or her
thyroid gland removed. But medicine is not needed to replace this lost
Calcitonin sometimes is used as treatment to relieve pain from
spinal fractures related to osteoporosis. It is not known how calcitonin
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Carla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine
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