Sensipar is a drug manufactured by Amgen. Sensipar is the trade name, the generic name for this drug is "Cinacalcet". Sensipar comes as a small pill in three strengths (30mg, 60mg, and 90mg). This drug was designed for the treatment of SECONDARY hyperparathyroidism. Secondary hyperparathyroidism is a disease that occurs in patients with kidney failure that are on dialysis. These patients do NOT get parathyroid tumors like patients with PRIMARY hyperparathyroidism. Patients with SECONDARY hyperparathyroidism are usually treated with a combination of medications along with dialysis to control all of the problems they have with the chemical balance of their blood (due to the lack of kidney function).
Sensipar (cinicalcet) pills come in 30 mg strength. Patients with PRIMARY hyperparathyroidism do NOT have kidney failure, and are NOT on dialysis. This entire website (parathyroid.com) is dedicated to the treatment of PRIMARY hyperparathyroidism. People with PRIMARY hyperparathyroidism have high calcium levels, high PTH levels and other issues (like kidney stones and osteoporosis) which are discussed on this website extensively. We cannot confuse primary and secondary hyperparathyroidism. Let us make this simple... if you have a parathyroid problem, and you are not on kidney dialysis, then you have PRIMARY hyperparathyroidism.
Sensipar was approved by the FDA for the treatment of SECONDARY hyperparathyroidism in March 2004. This drug works well in many patients who are on dialysis, and many thousands of patients with kidney failure are on this drug. (Editorial note: truth be told, it is not a great drug for patients with secondary hyperparathyroidism--not near the "wonder drug" it was thought). IMPORTANT..Sensipar is NOT approved (nor does Amgen support its use) for patients who are not on kidney dialysis. Sensipar is NOT FDA approved for the treatment of PRIMARY hyperparathyroidism. This is why your insurance won't pay for it. They shouldn't! Amgen--the maker of this drug, does not say this drug can be used for primary hyperparathyroidism... and they know why --- It can make things worse!
hope this helps :)
- Sensipar Information for Consumers
- Sensipar Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Sensipar (detailed)
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