Fortical is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat postmenopausal osteoporosis in women who have been postmenopausal for at least five years. Fortical may be indicated in cases where other treatments do not work or cannot be tolerated. Fortical is also referred to by its drug name, calcitonin-salmon [rDNA origin].
Fortical is a synthetic version of a hormone secreted by the thyroid gland. Fortical is believed to work by reducing the activity of osteoclasts, the cells that break down bone.
How do I take it?
Fortical is taken once daily as an intranasal spray. Calcium and Vitamin D supplements must be taken daily while on Fortical.
Fortical comes as a metered pump bottle.
The FDA-approved label for Fortical lists common side effects including headache, cold symptoms, sinus infection, nosebleed, nasal sores or irritation, back pain, and joint pain.
Rare but serious side effects listed for Fortical include increased risk for some types of cancer, hypocalcemia (low calcium), and hypersensitivity reactions.
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Fortical - RxList