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Sensipar

Pronunciation

Generic Name: cinacalcet (SIN-a-KAL-set)
Brand Name: Sensipar

Sensipar is used for:

Treating an overactive parathyroid gland in dialysis patients with chronic kidney disease. It is also used to treat high blood calcium levels in patients with parathyroid cancer. It is also used to treat severe high blood calcium levels in patients with an overactive parathyroid gland who are unable to undergo surgery to remove the parathyroid gland. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Sensipar is a calcimimetic agent. It works by causing the parathyroid to produce less parathyroid hormone (PTH), which helps to lower blood calcium levels.

Do NOT use Sensipar if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Sensipar
  • you have low blood calcium levels

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using Sensipar:

Some medical conditions may interact with Sensipar. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have liver problems
  • if you have a history of low blood pressure; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; heart problems (eg, heart failure); bone problems; low blood calcium levels; or seizures
  • if you are taking medicine to prevent seizures

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Sensipar.

  • Azole antifungals (eg, itraconazole, ketoconazole) or erythromycin because they may increase the risk of Sensipar's side effects
  • Carvedilol, flecainide, metoprolol, thioridazine, tricyclic antidepressants (eg, amitriptyline), or vinblastine because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Sensipar

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Sensipar may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Sensipar:

Use Sensipar as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Sensipar by mouth with food or shortly after a meal.
  • Swallow Sensipar whole. Do not break, crush, or chew before swallowing.
  • If you miss a dose of Sensipar, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Sensipar.

Important safety information:

  • Sensipar may cause dizziness. This effect may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Sensipar with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Lab tests, including calcium, phosphorous, and parathyroid hormone blood levels, may be performed while you take Sensipar. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Sensipar should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of taking Sensipar while you are pregnant. It is not known if Sensipar is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Sensipar.

Possible side effects of Sensipar:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Constipation; diarrhea; dizziness; headache; loss of appetite; nausea; tiredness; vomiting; weakness.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); burning, numbness, or tingling of the skin; chest pain; confusion; decreased urination; depression; fainting; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; joint pain; muscle aches, cramps, pain, spasms, or weakness; seizures; severe or persistent dizziness or headache; severe or persistent nausea or vomiting; shortness of breath; swelling of the hands or feet; tremors; unusual bone pain; unusual thirst; unusual tiredness or weakness; very dry mouth.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include burning, numbness, or tingling of the skin; muscle aches, cramps, pain, spasms, or weakness; seizures.

Proper storage of Sensipar:

Store Sensipar at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Sensipar out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Sensipar, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Sensipar is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Sensipar or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Sensipar. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Sensipar. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Sensipar.

Issue Date: December 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.4.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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