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Calcitonin (also known as thyrocalcitonin) is a 32-amino acid linear polypeptide hormone that is produced in humans primarily by the parafollicular cells (also known as C-cells) of the thyroid, and in many other animals in the ultimobranchial body. It acts to reduce blood calcium (Ca2+), opposing the effects of parathyroid hormone (PTH). Calcitonin has been found in fish, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Its importance in humans has not been as well established as its importance in other animals, as its function is usually not significant in the regulation of normal calcium homeostasis. It belongs to the calcitonin-like protein family.

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What is it prescribed for?

Patients are most commonly prescribed calcitonin to treat osteoporosis, bone disorder, skin cancer, and rabies.

What side effects are related?

Patients taking calcitonin most commonly experience side effects like itching of skin, itching of unknown cause, and pallor.

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