What does Cinacalcet treat?
Cinacalcet belongs to the class of drugs termed calcimimetics. This medication is prescribed to combat secondary hyperparathyroidism in dialysis patients with chronic kidney disease. This may also treat hypercalcemia, a condition where there are high levels of calcium present in the blood of patients with parathyroid cancer. This acts by inducing the body to produce less of parathyroid hormone and lowers calcium levels in the blood.
Follow the Cinacalcet dosage prescribed by your physician. The dosage could vary based on individual patient requirements. Always follow your physician’s instructions or go by the directions on the prescription drug label.
Missed a dose?
Take it immediately once you remember. In case, this time falls close to the next dosage, skip it and get back to the prescribed schedule. Never take a double dose unless your physician specifically directs you to do so.
Don’t waste any time and seek immediate medical attention.
Drug interactions must be considered before starting to take any kind of drug. Drug interactions might happen either when Cinacalcet is taken along with another drug or with particular foods. To prevent any kind of negative interaction, make sure you inform your doctor of any drugs you are taking including non-prescription medication, OTCs, health supplements like vitamins, minerals, herbal medicine, drinks with caffeine and alcohol, illegal drugs, smoking habits and so on which may increase the effect of Cinacalcet.
It may interact with:
It may also interact with azole antifungals and tricyclic antidepressants. This is not an exhaustive list though.
Appraise your doctor of any medical conditions that you are suffering from and your family history of medical ailments. It’s important that you do not stop or start taking any medicine without the consent of your physician.
Possible Side Effects
Cinacalcet might have some side effects but it’s not possible to anticipate them. It does not have any major side effects and the minor ones that may occur are temporary. In rare cases, there might be major side effects and immediate medical attention must be sought.
Cinacalcet may have side effects such as vomiting, dizziness, upset stomach, nausea, weakness, abdominal pain and loss of appetite. Serious side effects are rare but could include black or bloody stools, vomit with blood, irregular heartbeat, low calcium blood levels and so on. This is not the complete list though.
In case, there is a change in intensity of side effects or if any new side effects develop, make sure you consult your doctor.
What to ask your doctor before you start on Cinacalcet
- Can I take Cinacalcet along with other drugs?
- Are there certain foods, beverages and products to be avoided while on Cinacalcet?
- What is the dosage of Cinacalcet to be consumed?
- How should I use Cinacalcet?
- How will Cinacalcet work on my body?
- How can the drug interactions and side effects of Cinacalcet be minimized or completely avoided?
The health and medical information that we have provided are meant to supplement and not substitute the advice of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professionals. This does not suggest that usage of Cinacalcet is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always ensure that you take this or any other drug only after consulting your physician.