Sensipar treats high calcium levels in the body. Take with food or shortly after a meal. Swallow tablets whole.
Sensipar is a prescription medication used to treat high calcium levels in the body. Sensipar belongs to a group of drugs called calcimimetics, which work by signaling the body to produce less parathyroid hormone in order to decrease the amount of calcium in the blood.
It is available in tablet form and is taken by mouth with food. Do not chew, divide, or break Sensipar tablets. Swallow tablets whole.
Common side effects include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
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Uses of Sensipar
Sensipar is a prescription medication used to regulate calcium levels in the following patients:
- those with secondary hyperparathyroidism and chronic kidney disease who are also on dialysis. Hyperthyroidism is when your body makes too much a hormone that leads to an imbalance of calcium levels.
- those with high calcium levels due to primary hyperparathyroidism who are not able to undergo surgery to remove the parathyroid gland
- those with high calcium levels due to parathyroid cancer
This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Sensipar Drug Class
Sensipar is part of the drug class:
Side Effects of Sensipar
Serious side effects have been reported. See the Drug Precautions section.
Common side effects include:
- numbness around the mouth, feet, or fingertips
This is not a complete list of side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements. Especially tell your doctor if you take:
- ketoconazole (Nizoral)
- itraconazole (Sporanox)
- erythromycin (EES, Erythrocin)
- metoprolol ( Toprol or Lopressor)
- carvedilol (Coreg)
- flecainide (Tambocor)
- tricyclic antidepressants such as amitriptyline (Elavil) and desipramine (Norpramin))
- dextromethorphan (Vicks DayQuil Cough, Mucinex DM)
- atomoxetine (Strattera)
This is not a complete list of Sensipar drug interactions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Serious side effects have been reported with Sensipar, including the following:
- Sensipar can lower calcium levels in the blood and can cause tingling, muscle pain, muscle cramping, and convulsions.
- Sensipar may lower the seizure threshold in patients with a history of seizure disorders.
Do not take Sensipar if:
- your blood levels of calcium are low.
- you are allergic to Sensipar or any of its ingredients.
Sensipar Food Interactions
Medications can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your doctor may advise you to avoid certain foods. In the case of Sensipar, there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when receiving this medication.
Before taking Sensipar, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions. Especially tell your doctor if you have a history of seizures. Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements.
Sensipar and Pregnancy
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. The FDA categorizes medications based on safety for use during pregnancy. Five categories- A,B,C,D, and X, are used to classify the possible risks to an unborn baby when a medication is taken during pregnancy.
Sensipar falls into category C. In animal studies, pregnant animals were given this medication and had some babies born with problems. No well-controlled studies have been done in humans, though. Therefore, this medication may be used if the potential benefits to the mother outweigh the potential risks to the unborn child.
Sensipar and Lactation
It is not known if Sensipar crosses into human milk. Because many medications can cross into human milk and because of the possibility for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants with the use of this medication, a choice should be made whether to stop nursing or stop the use of this medication. Your doctor and you will decide if the benefits outweigh the risk of using Sensipar.
Take Sensipar exactly as prescribed.
It comes in tablet form and the dosage varies. It should be taken with food or shortly after a meal.
Sensipar tablets should be taken whole and never split or crushed.
If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it as almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the regular time. Do not take two doses of Sensipar at the same time.
Take Sensipar exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully.
The Sensipar dose your doctor recommends will be based on the following:
- the condition being treated
- how well you respond to this medication
The recommended starting dose of Sensipar for secondary hyperparathyroidism in patients with chronic kidney disease on dialysis is 30 mg once a day and may be increased up to 180 mg per day.
The recommended starting dose of Sensipar for parathyroid carcinoma or primary hyperparathyroidism is 30 mg twice a day and may be increased to 90 mg 3 or 4 times a day depending on response.
If you take too much Sensipar call your healthcare provider or local Poison Control Center, or seek emergency medical attention right away.
If Sensipar is administered by a healthcare provider in a medical setting, it is unlikely that an overdose will occur. However, if overdose is suspected, seek emergency medical attention.
- Store Sensipar tablets at 77˚F (excursions allowed from 59˚to 86˚F).
- Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children.