What is Sensipar used for?
Sensipar is used by individuals with long-term kidney disease that are on dialysis. It works to help regulate calcium levels when the parathyroid gland is overactive (hyperparathyroidism). It can also be used to treat hyperglycemia in cancer patients.
Managing these substances can help prevent bone disease. You may be prescribed this for other reasons. If you are unsure why you are taking Sensipar, contact your doctor or pharmacist to determine how it is meant to benefit you.
Frequently Asked Questions About Sensipar (Cinacalcet)
Before starting Sensipar, and after every refill, carefully read the drug information provided when receiving sensipar. If the directions are unclear and you have questions, call your doctor or pharmacist as proper use will give the best chance of results.
It is taken orally with food or shortly after meals as prescribed by your doctor. Your dose is based on your condition and the results of treatment. Do not take more doses than recommended as it will not benefit you and can lead to an increased risk of side effects.
You may experience low blood pressure while taking Sensipar or have a risk of worsening heart failure.
The following drugs are known to interact with Sensipar. This is not an exhaustive list of all possible drug interactions. It is important to disclose all your current medications, (including prescription medications and herbal products) with your doctor to prevent allergic reactions or adverse interactions. They may have to determine if the interaction is worth the benefit of using both drugs or if your therapeutic plan needs to be changed.
Sensipar Has known side effects. This is not a complete list and includes frequently reported adverse events. If you experience any signs and symptoms of serious side effects when taking Sensipar, talk to your doctor or emergency care.
Report side effects with Sensipar to your doctor. If you find them unmanageable call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
- muscle pains or stiffness
- difficulty with moving
- dilated neck veins
- cough or hoarseness
- Hives or welts, itching, rash
- pounding in the ears
- muscle aching or cramping
- lower back or side pain
- tightness in the chest
- swollen joints
- irregular breathing
- redness of the skin
- lack or loss of strength
- sudden loss of consciousness
- weight gain
- dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
- loss of appetite
- decreased urine output
- fever or chills
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
- muscle spasm or jerking of all extremities
- swelling of the face, fingers, feet, or lower legs
- extreme fatigue
- loss of bladder control
- muscle cramps in the hands, arms, feet, legs, or face
- troubled breathing
- numbness and tingling around the mouth, fingertips, or feet
- weight loss
- low bone turnover
- difficulty with breathing
- mood or mental changes
- chest pain
- nausea and vomiting
- slow or fast heart rhythms
- Blurred vision
- Abdominal or stomach cramps
- painful or difficult urination
- joint pain
DISCLAIMER: The information provided here is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace the medical advice provided by a certified medical professional. Any prescription drug use needs to be approved by your doctor.
Do not avoid or ignore any advice provided by your physician in favor of what is written here. Always consult with a pharmacist or doctor before taking this medication and seek counselling if you have any questions or concerns about your medication.