What is Cinacalcet used for?
Cinacalcet is used to treat secondary hyperparathyroidism in dialysis patients with chronic kidney disease. It is also used to treat hypercalcemia (high levels of calcium in the blood) in patients with parathyroid cancer. This medicine belongs to a class of medications called calcimimetics. It works by causing the body to produce less parathyroid hormone, which helps lower calcium levels in the blood.
This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What are the side effects of Cinacalcet?
Like other medicines, Cinacalcet can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Cinacalcet are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Cinacalcet cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Cinacalcet develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Cinacalcet can cause side effects such as upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, weakness, and loss of appetite. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Cinacalcet.
What is the recommended dosage of Cinacalcet?
The dosage of Cinacalcet prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Take Cinacalcet by mouth with food.
What if you miss a dose of Cinacalcet?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Cinacalcet medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Cinacalcet?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Cinacalcet, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Cinacalcet?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Cinacalcet.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Cinacalcet, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Cinacalcet can interact with azole antifungals and tricyclic antidepressants.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Cinacalcet?
Is it possible for me to take Cinacalcet with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Cinacalcet?
What are the possible drug interactions of Cinacalcet?
How will Cinacalcet work in my body?
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How to reduce the risk of Cinacalcet drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Cinacalcet is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.