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  • Generic Name: (cinacalcet)
    Other Brands: N/A
  • Last Revised: 12/2014
    • What is this medication and its most common uses?

      Sensipar is a medicine used to treat hyperparathyroidism (overactive parathyroid glands [glands in the neck that release natural substances to control the amount of calcium in the blood]) in people who are on dialysis and have long-term kidney disease. Sensipar is also used to treat high blood calcium levels in people who have cancer of the parathyroid gland. In addition, Sensipar is used to treat severely high blood calcium levels in people who are not candidates for parathyroid surgery.

    • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

      How does this medication work?

      Sensipar works by decreasing the activity of the parathyroid gland, thereby reducing the amount of calcium in the blood.

      What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

      What: By reducing the activity of the parathyroid gland, Sensipar may help control your condition. Sensipar may also help prevent bone disease.

      When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you take Sensipar exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.

      How do I know it is working?

      Your healthcare provider may order tests regularly and ask you questions from time to time to check how well this medication is working.

    • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

      The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

      More common side effects may include: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.

      Less common side effects may include:

      Low blood calcium levels with symptoms such as tingling and numbness of your skin, seizures, muscle pain, cramps, or twitching.

      Sensipar may also cause low blood pressure and bone problems or worsen existing heart problems.

    • Who should not take this medication?

      Do not take Sensipar if you are allergic to them or any of their ingredients.

      Do not take Sensipar if you have lower than normal levels of calcium in your blood.

    • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

      Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Sensipar. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have seizures, heart problems, abnormal heartbeats, liver problems, or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What is the usual dosage?

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

      Hyperparathyroidism in People with Chronic Kidney Disease

      Adults: The recommended starting dose is 30 milligrams (mg) once a day.

      Parathyroid Cancer and High Blood Calcium Levels

      Adults: The recommended starting dose is 30 mg twice a day.

      Your healthcare provider may adjust your dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.

    • How should I take this medication?

      Take Sensipar exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking Sensipar without first talking to your healthcare provider.

      Take Sensipar with or shortly after a meal.

      Swallow Sensipar tablets whole. Do not divide the tablets.

    • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

      Do not miss any scheduled follow-up appointments (such as regular blood tests) with your healthcare provider.

    • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

      If Sensipar is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Sensipar with the following: carvedilol, certain types of antidepressants (such as amitriptyline and nortriptyline), desipramine, flecainide, itraconazole, ketoconazole, or metoprolol.

    • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

      The effects of Sensipar during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Do not breastfeed while you are taking Sensipar. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

      If you miss a dose of Sensipar, 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 this medication?

      Store at room temperature.

    • Who should I contact in case of emergency or overdose?
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      In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
      National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222

      This PDR+ drug information has been developed by the Physicians’ Desk Reference Network (PDRN), a source of medication information trusted by doctors for over 65 years.

      This monograph summarizes the most important information about your medication and does not cover all the information you may need. If you have any questions or concerns or want to learn more about your medication, ask your healthcare provider; he/she will be able to provide answers to your questions. This medication should only be used by the patient for whom it was prescribed and should not be shared with other people.
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