Generic Name: Parathyroid Hormone (par a THYE roid HOR mone)
Brand Name: Natpara
Medically reviewed on July 4, 2018
- This medicine has been shown to raise the chance of bone tumors in lab animals. It is not known if there is a higher chance of bone tumors in humans. This medicine is only for use in people not controlled on calcium and vitamin D treatment. This medicine is also only for use when the benefits are thought to be greater than the risks.
- Do not take parathyroid hormone if you have Paget's disease, high levels of alkaline phosphatase in the blood, radiation therapy of the bones, or if your bones have not finished growing.
- You can only get parathyroid hormone through the Natpara REMS Program.
Uses of Parathyroid Hormone:
- It is used to control low blood calcium levels in people who have low blood parathyroid hormone levels.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Parathyroid Hormone?
- If you have an allergy to parathyroid hormone or any part of parathyroid hormone.
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you are taking alendronate.
- If you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with parathyroid hormone.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take parathyroid hormone with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Parathyroid Hormone?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take parathyroid hormone. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
- Have your urine checked as you have been told by your doctor.
- Do not use longer than you have been told by the doctor.
- Take calcium and vitamin D as you were told by your doctor.
- If you are taking digoxin, talk with your doctor. You may need to have your blood work checked more closely while you are taking it with parathyroid hormone.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using parathyroid hormone while you are pregnant.
How is this medicine (Parathyroid Hormone) best taken?
Use parathyroid hormone as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- It is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin in the thigh. Switch thighs every day.
- If you will be giving yourself the shot, your doctor or nurse will teach you how to give the shot.
- Follow how to use as you have been told by the doctor or read the package insert.
- Do not use if the solution is cloudy, leaking, or has particles.
- Do not use if solution changes color.
- Do not shake.
- Throw away needles in a needle/sharp disposal box. Do not reuse needles or other items. When the box is full, follow all local rules for getting rid of it. Talk with a doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
- Do not share pen or cartridge devices with another person even if the needle has been changed. Sharing these devices may pass infections from one person to another. This includes infections you may not know you have.
- To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
- Keep using parathyroid hormone as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Use a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not use 2 doses or extra doses.
See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of high calcium levels like weakness, confusion, feeling tired, headache, upset stomach and throwing up, hard stools (constipation), or bone pain.
- A new, tender lump.
- Lasting pain in 1 spot.
- Very bad dizziness.
- Very bad headache.
- Very low blood calcium levels have happened with parathyroid hormone. The chance is highest when parathyroid hormone is stopped all of a sudden but can happen at any time. Call your doctor right away if you have any signs of low blood calcium levels like change in thinking; cramping of feet or hands; depression; memory problems; seizures; tingling of your lips, tongue, fingers, or feet; or twitching of face muscles.
What are some other side effects of Parathyroid Hormone?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Pain in arms or legs.
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
- Joint pain.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Neck pain.
- Nose or throat irritation.
- Belly pain.
- Tingling, tickling, or burning feeling of the skin.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Parathyroid Hormone?
- Before mixing, store in the refrigerator.
- Store in original container.
- After mixing, store the cartridge in the provided pen in the refrigerator.
- Do not freeze.
- Do not use if it has been frozen.
- Do not use if it has been shaken.
- Protect from heat.
- Protect from light.
- Throw away the cartridge 14 days after mixing, even if it is not empty.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- This medicine comes with an extra patient fact sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it with care. Read it again each time parathyroid hormone is refilled. If you have any questions about parathyroid hormone, please talk with the doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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- Drug class: parathyroid hormone and analogs
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