Cinacalcet - oral
Cinacalcet - oral
Cinacalcet is used to treat increased amounts of a certain hormone (parathyroid) in people with long-term kidney disease who are on dialysis. It is also used to treat increased amounts of calcium in people with an overactive parathyroid gland or in people with cancer of the parathyroid gland. Cinacalcet works by decreasing the amount of parathyroid hormone, calcium, and phosphorus in your body. Having the right amount of these substances in your body helps to prevent bone disease.
Take this medication by mouth with food or shortly after a meal, as directed by your doctor.
The manufacturer directs not to split the tablet before taking it. However, many similar drugs (immediate-release tablets) can be split/crushed. Follow your doctor's directions on how to take this medication.
The dosage is based on your medical condition, response to treatment, and laboratory tests.
Take this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Remember to take it at the same time(s) each day.
Nausea, vomiting, or unusual tiredness may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Cinacalcet can cause low calcium blood levels. Your doctor will check your calcium blood levels while you are taking this medication. Tell your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms of low calcium levels:
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including:
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Before taking cinacalcet, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of:
Very low levels of calcium can affect the heart rhythm (QT prolongation, ventricular arrhythmias). This risk may be increased if you have certain conditions or are taking drugs that can affect the heart rhythm. Before taking cinacalcet, tell your doctor of all the drugs you take and if you have heart rhythm problems or other heart problems (such as heart failure, low blood pressure).
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
If your doctor tells you to switch from using this medication to etelcalcetide, this medication should be stopped at least 7 days before starting etelcalcetide. Using both medications together may increase the risk of side effects (especially low calcium levels).
If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. Symptoms of overdose may include: severe muscle spasms, seizures.
Do not share this medication with others.
Laboratory and/or medical tests (such as calcium, phosphorus, parathyroid hormone levels) should be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects. Consult your doctor for more details.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.
Information last revised June 2018.
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