Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Sensipar
Generic Name: cinacalcet (Pronunciation: sin ah CAL set)
What is cinacalcet (Sensipar)?
Cinacalcet decreases levels of parathyroid hormone (PTH), calcium, and phosphorous in the body.
Cinacalcet is also used to lower calcium levels in people with cancer of the parathyroid gland.
Cinacalcet may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Sensipar 30 mg
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Sensipar 60 mg
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What are the possible side effects of cinacalcet (Sensipar)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
Less serious side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about cinacalcet (Sensipar)?
You should not take this medication if you are allergic to cinacalcet.
There are many other medicines that can interact with cinacalcet. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor. Keep a list of all your medicines and show it to any healthcare provider who treats you.
Cinacalcet works best if you take it with food or shortly after eating a meal.
Do not crush or break a cinacalcet tablet. Swallow the pill whole.
To be sure this medication is helping your condition, your blood may need to be tested often. Visit your doctor regularly.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as numbness or tingly feeling around your mouth, fast or slow heart rate, muscle tightness or contraction, overactive reflexes, seizure, feeling short of breath, swelling, rapid weight gain, or feeling like you might pass out.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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