calcitonin

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calcitonin

[kal·sə′tō·nən]
(biochemistry)
A polypeptide, calcium-regulating hormone produced by the ultimobranchial bodies in vertebrates. Also known as thyrocalcitonin.
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Pain associated with osteoporosis can be minimized or ameliorated by a decrease in steroid use, antiresorptive therapies such as calcitonin (Calcimar), alendronate (Fosamax), and raloxifene (Evista), avoidance of alcohol, smoking cessation, and maintenance of 1200 mg of calcium and 400-800 mg of vitamin D per day.[22]