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Sensipar Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is cinacalcet (Sensipar)?
- What are the possible side effects of cinacalcet (Sensipar)?
- What is the most important information I should know about cinacalcet (Sensipar)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking cinacalcet (Sensipar)?
- How should I take cinacalcet (Sensipar)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Sensipar)?
- What happens if I overdose (Sensipar)?
- What should I avoid while taking cinacalcet (Sensipar)?
- What other drugs will affect cinacalcet (Sensipar)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking cinacalcet (Sensipar)?
You should not take this medication if you are allergic to cinacalcet.
To make sure you can safely take cinacalcet, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
- high blood pressure;
- heart disease, heart failure, heart rhythm disorder;
- a history or seizures;
- low levels of calcium in your blood (hypocalcemia); or
- liver disease.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether cinacalcet will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
It is not known whether cinacalcet passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are taking cinacalcet.
Do not give this medication to a child without a doctor's advice.
How should I take cinacalcet (Sensipar)?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.
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 your calcium and phosphorous levels do not get too low, your blood will need to be tested 1 week after you start taking cinacalcet or whenever your dose is changed. You may also need blood tests on a regular basis during treatment. Do not miss any follow-up visits to your doctor.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, light, and heat.
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