"Etelcalcetide is more effective than placebo and noninferior to cinacalcet in lowering parathyroid hormone (PTH) levels in patients with end-stage renal disease and hyperparathyroidism according to two new studies published in the January 10 issu"...
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PARICALCITOL - INJECTION
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Zemplar
USES: Paricalcitol is a man-made active form of vitamin D, which is needed for building and keeping strong bones. Paricalcitol is used in patients with long-term kidney disease to treat or prevent high levels of a certain natural substance made by the body (parathyroid hormone). Too much parathyroid hormone can cause serious problems such as bone disorders.
Most people get enough vitamin D from exposure to the sun and from fortified food products (e.g., dairy products, vitamins). Before regular vitamin D can be used by the body, it needs to be changed to the active form by the liver and kidneys. People with kidney disease cannot make enough of the active form of vitamin D. Vitamin D helps control parathyroid hormone and the levels of certain minerals (e.g., calcium, phosphorus) that are needed for building and keeping strong bones.
HOW TO USE: Read the Patient Information Leaflet if one is available from your pharmacist before you start using paricalcitol. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist any questions that you may have about this medicine.
This medication is given by injection into a vein during dialysis, usually by a health care professional. It is given as directed by your doctor, usually 3 times a week (every other day). The dosage is based on your condition, weight, laboratory tests, and response to treatment. Your doctor will do blood tests to find the best dose for you.
It is very important to follow the diet recommended by your doctor to get the most benefit from this medication and to prevent side effects. Do not take other supplements/vitamins (e.g., calcium, vitamin D) unless ordered by your doctor.
Additional Zemplar Information
- Zemplar Drug Interactions Center: paricalcitol iv
- Zemplar Side Effects Center
- Zemplar Overview including Precautions
- Zemplar FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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