What is the role of calcitonin in the treatment of menopausal women?

Updated: Jun 06, 2018
  • Author: PonJola Coney, MD; Chief Editor: Richard Scott Lucidi, MD, FACOG  more...
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Calcitonin is a peptide hormone that acts by inhibiting osteoclasts, which are involved in bone resorption activity. A decreased vertebral fracture rate has been demonstrated with this therapy, as has a small increase in BMD in older women. Serum calcium levels must be monitored in patients taking this drug.


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