What is this medication?
CINACALCET (sin a CAL set) is used to treat patients with chronic kidney disease who are on dialysis. It is also used to treat high levels of calcium in the blood of patients with certain parathyroid gland problems.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Sensipar
What should I tell my care team before I take this medication?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- heart disease
- history of irregular heartbeat
- liver disease
- low levels of calcium in the blood
- stomach or intestine problems
- an unusual or allergic reaction to cinacalcet, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medication?
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not break, chew, or crush tablets. Take this medicine with food or right after a meal. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medication?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
- grapefruit juice
- medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
- medicines for fungal infections like fluconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole, voriconazole
- medicines for pain
- medicines for sleep
- St. John's wort
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
What should I watch for while using this medication?
Visit your care team for regular checks on your progress. Your care team will order important blood tests while you are taking this medication.
Check your blood pressure as directed. Know what your blood pressure should be and when to contact your care team.
This medication alters the calcium level in your blood. You may need to be on a special diet. Talk to your care team about the foods you eat and the vitamins you take.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medication?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- depressed mood
- signs and symptoms of a dangerous change in heartbeat or heart rhythm like chest pain; dizziness; fast or irregular heartbeat; palpitations; feeling faint or lightheaded, falls; breathing problems
- signs and symptoms of bleeding such as bloody or black, tarry stools; spitting up blood or brown material that looks like coffee grounds
- signs and symptoms of low blood pressure like dizziness; feeling faint or lightheaded, falls; unusually weak or tired
- signs and symptoms of low calcium like fast heartbeat, muscle cramps or muscle pain; pain, tingling, numbness in the hands or feet; seizures
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- bone pain
- joint pain
- loss of appetite
- nausea, vomiting
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Where should I keep my medication?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
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