Calcified Tissue International

, Volume 49, Supplement 2, pp S9–S13 | Cite as

Use of calcitonin in the treatment of bone pain associated with osteoporosis

  • Carlo Gennari
  • Donato Agnusdei
  • Angelo Camporeale
Article

Summary

In osteoporosis, calcitonin exerts an analgesic effect that is unrelated to its effect on bone. Although the precise mechanism has yet to be clarified, there is some evidence that the analgesic effect of calcitonin may be mediated through the endogenous opioid system. The intranasal administration of calcitonin seems to be more effective in producing analgesia than parenteral administration.

Key words

Analgesia Bone pain Calcitonin Intranasal administration Osteoporosis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carlo Gennari
    • 1
  • Donato Agnusdei
    • 1
  • Angelo Camporeale
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Internal MedicineUniversity of SienaItaly

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