Cinacalcet lowers levels of parathyroid hormone (PTH), calcium, and phosphorous. It is used to treat hyperparathyroidism in patients on long-term dialysis for kidney disease, hypercalcemia in patients with cancer of the parathyroid gland, and overactive parathyroid glands. This drug is not approved for use by patients under 18 years old.
Best taken with food or shortly following a meal. Follow all instructions provided and doctor’s guidelines. You may need regular blood tests. Follow doctor’s guidelines on diet and activity. Many drugs can interact with cinacalcet.
Do not take if you have hypocalcemia. Inform your doctor of all known medical conditions and drugs you take, especially high or low blood pressure, personal/family history of long QT syndrome, heart disease, and kidney disease if you are not on dialysis. Inform doctor of pregnancy.
Find emergency help if you think you may have an allergic reaction. Contact doctor immediately if you encounter serious symptoms like: numb/tingly feeling in mouth area, muscle pain/tightness/contraction, seizure, shortness of breath, rapid weight gain, swelling, symptoms of stomach bleeding, symptoms of hypocalcemia. Other side effects can include digestive problems.