What is Sensipar®?
Your doctor may prescribe Sensipar® to treat your secondary HPT.
- Sensipar® is a light green pill you take once a day.1
- There are 3 strengths of Sensipar® pills:1
with food or shortly after a meal.1
Your doctor may also prescribe other medicines to treat your secondary HPT, along with your Sensipar®
- Phosphate binders* help you absorb less phosphorus from the food you eat.2
- Certain types of vitamin D* may help lower your PTH. This medicine is usually given to you through the dialysis machine, or you may take it as a pill.3
Ask your dialysis care team which medicines may be right for you.
Sensipar® is indicated for the treatment of secondary hyperparathyroidism (HPT) in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) on dialysis.
Important Safety Information
- Sensipar® treatment should not be started if you have low calcium levels.
Ask your doctor about the normal ranges.
- Before starting Sensipar®, tell your doctor if you are taking medication to
prevent seizures or have had seizures in the past. Report any seizure episodes while on
- Very infrequent cases of low blood pressure, worsening heart failure, and/or abnormal heart
rhythm (arrhythmia) have been reported in patients with impaired heart function taking
- While on Sensipar®, your doctor should perform repeated blood tests to monitor
calcium, phosphorus, and intact parathyroid hormone (iPTH) levels. Very low and very high levels
of PTH should be avoided to help maintain bone health. Very low levels (iPTH < 100 pg/mL) of PTH
may cause a condition your doctor may refer to as adynamic bone disease.
- Patients with moderate to severe liver impairment should be monitored throughout treatment
- Tell your doctor if you experience any muscle spasms, aches or cramping, tingling in your limbs,
- In clinical trials, the most common side effects reported in patients were nausea, vomiting,
If you have any questions about this information, be sure to discuss them with your doctor.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088 (332-1088).
1. Sensipar® (cinacalcet) prescribing information, Amgen.
2. Goodman WG, Quarles LD. Vitamin D, calcimimetics, and phosphate-binders. In: Brenner BM, Levine SA, eds. Brenner & Rector’s The Kidney. 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier; 2008:1904-1929.
3. Moe SM, Drüeke TB. Management of secondary hyperparathyroidism: the importance and the challenge of controlling parathyroid hormone levels without elevating calcium, phosphorus, and calcium phosphorus product. Am J Nephrol. 2003;23:369-379.