Sensipar

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    Brand Name:Sensipar
    Generic:Cinacalcet HCl
    Availability:Prescription
This drug was approved by the FDA in one form or another on:
2004-03-08 ,
This drug is made in one form or another by the following companies:
Amgen, Inc.
This drug is available in the following forms:
Tablets
View the actual FDA approved label for this drug at the following links:
http://www.fda.gov/cder/foi/label/2004/21688_sensipar_lbl.pdf

About Sensipar

Sensipar is used to treat patients:

  • with high levels of parathyroid hormone in their blood due to chronic kidney disease that requires dialysis.
  • with high levels of calcium in their blood due to cancer of the parathyroid gland.

Precautions for Sensipar

  • Patients should report the symptoms of low blood calcium right away. Symptoms of low blood calcium include abnormal tingling sensations, muscle pain, cramping, spasms, and seizures.
  • Sensipar may cause bone disease if parathyroid hormone levels drop too low.
  • Patients with liver problems may need a lower dose of Sensipar. Patients with liver problems should be monitored carefully during treatment with Sensipar.

Side Effects of Sensipar

The most commonly reported side effects with Sensipar were nausea and vomiting. Other side effects include:

  • diarrhea
  • muscle pain
  • dizziness
  • high blood pressure
  • weakness and tiredness
  • loss of appetite
  • Who Should Not Take Sensipar

    Do not take Sensipar if you are allergic to Sensipar or to any of the ingredients in Sensipar.

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    Recent Forum Posts on Sensipar

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    I have been taking Sensipar for about 8 months now. For the past six months, I have had severe diarrhea, dizziness, muscle pain, loss of appetite (have lost over 30 pounds in this time without trying) and have been severely weak and tired. My doctor (kidney specialist) and my primary care provider both have known all along the side effects that I have been having. I thought I was dying actually. After taking this drug for 8 months, it was determined that it was not working and my kidney specialist increased the dose from 30 mg. a day to 60 mg. a day. I did not fill the prescription for about two weeks and decided that I would just fill it when I had the money to do so. After about 4 to 6 days of not taking Sensipar, all of the above symptoms dissappeared and I started to feel a lot better. That was when I realized that perhaps it was the Sensipar that was causing those symptoms and did some research. Well, to my surprise I found out that I am probably allergic to Sensipar. You would think that one of the two doctos (one being a kidney specialist and one being a DO would have told me about these side effects) but no! I have spent countless trips to the doctors complaining of these side effects to no avail. I was starting to wonder if I was imagining it but I knew that what I was feeling was true. Be aware of any medicines you take and do your own research as you are the best resource for your own health care and doctors should never be considered to be "the end all do all" as they do not know your body the way that you do.


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