Sensipar (Cinacalcet)

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What is Sensipar (Cinacalcet) prescribed for?

Hypoparathyoidism is an uncommon condition in which your body secretes abnormally low levels of parathyroid hormone, which is normally a key part in regulating and maintaining a balance of your body’s levels of the two minerals, calcium and phosphorus. You should not take Sensipar if you have low levels of calcium in your blood.

The low production of parathyroid hormone is hypoparathyroidism leads to an abnormally low calcium levels in your blood and bones and increases of phosphorus in the body.

Sensipar is a medication that decreases the levels of parathyroid hormone, calcium, and phosphorous in the body. In short, it is used to treat hyperparathyroidism in people who are on long-term dialysis for kidney disease. Also Sensipar is also used as a treatment for hypercalcemia in people with cancer of the parathyroid gland, as well as for overactive parathyroid glands that cannot be treated surgically.

Read up on any information your doctor may have given your regarding this medication. And if you have any questions or concerns, please speak with your doctor or pharmacist when possible. And to be sure Sensipar is helping your condition; your blood may need to be tested often. Visit your doctor regularly.

This medication is taken by mouth. Swallow the tablet whole. Do not crush or try to break the tablet. Sensipar works best when taken with food or shortly after eating a meal.

To be sure your calcium and phosphorous levels do not drop; your blood will need to be tested once a week after you start taking this medication or whenever your dose may change. You may also need to take blood tests on a regular basis during treatment. Speak with your doctor regarding any questions you may have.

Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic Cinacalcet or to any other medications or allergies in general. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.

It is best to inform your doctor of your medical history. Therefore, it is best to speak with your doctor if you have ever suffered from any of the following;  high or low blood pressure; heart disease, heart failure, heart rhythm disorder; personal or family history of long QT syndrome; a stomach ulcer or severe vomiting; liver disease; seizures; or if you have kidney disease and you are not on dialysis.

Inform your doctor as well if you have low levels of calcium in your blood.

While minor, some of these side effects may occur. They are as follows; nausea, vomiting; headache, fatigue; diarrhea, low blood pressure; decreased appetite; or; tingling in the arms, hands, legs or feet. However if any of these persist or worsen, it’s best to speak with your doctor right away.

Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: numbness or tingly feeling around your mouth; muscle pain, tightness, or contraction; a seizure (convulsions); shortness of breath (even with mild exertion), swelling, rapid weight gain; signs of stomach bleeding - bloody or tarry stools, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds; or low levels of calcium in your blood - numbness or tingly feeling around your mouth, fast or slow heart rate, muscle tightness or contraction, overactive reflexes.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

What is Sensipar?

This medication is used to treat increased amounts of a hormone known as parathyroid, within people with long-term kidney disease whom are on dialysis.  It may also be used to increase the amount of calcium in ones system in people that have an overactive parathyroid gland or in people with cancer of the parathyroid gland. This medication goes to work by decreasing the amount of parathyroid hormone, calcium, and phosphorus in your body. Sensipar comes in three different strengths which are 30mg, 60mg, and 90mg. If you have any questions regarding this medication or any inquiries in general, feel free to give us a call at our toll free number 1-877-385-8998.    

 

What are the side effects of the drug Sensipar?

Some of the more common side effects for this medication are as follows; Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, muscle pain, mild chest pain, dizziness, or weakness. Keep in mind that these are not all of the side effects listed for this medication, and if you are experiencing any of these be sure to inform your doctor if they persist or worsen.

 

Who makes Sensipar?

Sensipar is manufactured by a company known as Amgen. They are an American multinational biopharmaceutical company. And they call Thousand Oaks in California home. They were established in the year 1980.

 

How much does Sensipar cost?

This medication can be quite expensive since it falls under Medicare’s Tier 5 of their formulary. Tier 5 drugs are usually non-preferred brand-name drugs. Meaning they are much more expensive than any of the Tiers below it. And Medicare may not cover a lot of the cost. However, you may find a more affordable option on an online Canadian Pharmacy such as My Drug Center. We have a starting price of $78.00 for 10 pills.

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