Fortical

Generic Name: Calcitonin-Salmon

  • What is Fortical?

    Fortical is used to treat bone weakening (osteoporosis) in women who are ≥5 years past menopause. Fortical helps slow down bone loss and build new bone.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Fortical?

    Serious allergic reactions can happen. Get emergency medical help immediately if you have any of the following symptoms: trouble breathing; swelling of your face, throat, or tongue; rapid heartbeat; chest pain; or if you feel faint or dizzy.

    Periodic nose exams are recommended. Let you doctor know if you experience any nasal discomfort while using Fortical.

    Fortical is not a substitute for calcium supplements. It is important to take your calcium and vitamin D supplements as instructed by your doctor.

  • Who should not take Fortical?

    You should not take Fortical if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Fortical?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Fortical. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have any nasal conditions, are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. In addition, tell your doctor if you are planning on having surgery.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: The usual dose is 1 spray once daily into one nostril, alternating nostrils daily.

  • How should I take Fortical?

    Before administration of the first dose, allow the bottle to reach room temperature. Remove the protective cap and clip from the bottle. Prime the nasal spray holding the bottle upright and depressing the two white side arms of the pump toward the bottle at least 5 times in the air until a full spray is produced. Once the nasal spray has been primed for the first time, it is not necessary to re-prime it before each use. To use the spray, the nozzle should be carefully placed into the nostril with your head in the upright position as you firmly depress the pump toward the bottle only once. You do not need to inhale. It is important to hold the nasal spray in an upright position to be able to deliver an accurate dose.

    You may not feel the mist from the nasal spray because it is so fine. It is all right if some of the spray drips. One spray will give you the amount of medication needed. Use Fortical every day, alternating nostrils each time. Replace the lock tab and cap after using the spray. Do not refrigerate after opening. Once Fortical is opened, it should be kept at room temperature and thrown out 30 days after its first use.

  • What should I avoid while taking Fortical?

    Avoid spraying Fortical into the same nostril every day. If you use the right nostril one day, use the left nostril the next day.

    Avoid wasting the medication by testing the sprayer.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Fortical?

    If Fortical is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is important to check with your doctor before combining Fortical with any other medication.

  • What are the possible side effects of Fortical?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: back pain, dizziness, headache, joint pain, nasal symptoms (including bleeding, crusting, dryness, itching, irritation, tenderness, redness, soreness)

  • Can I receive Fortical if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Fortical during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Fortical?

    If you miss a dose of Fortical, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Fortical?

    Store the unopened medication in the refrigerator. Do not freeze. After opening the package, keep the bottle at room temperature for 30 days. Make sure it stands upright. Throw out 30 days after first use.