Medication information

Apo Cinacalcet 30mg tablet

This medication is typically used for treatment of hyperparathyroidism in patients with chronic kidney disease who are on dialysis. Even though you may not feel its effects, this medication takes effect after a few days.

Instructions

This medication is typically used only once a day. However, your doctor or pharmacist may have suggested a different schedule that is more appropriate for you. Important: Follow the instructions on the label. Do not use more of this product, or more often, than prescribed.

You should take this medication at approximately the same time each day. This medication should be swallowed whole. It should not be split, crushed or chewed.

It must be used regularly and continuously to maintain its beneficial effects. Be sure to keep an adequate supply on hand. If you forget a dose, take it as soon as you remember -- unless it is almost time for your next dose. In that case, skip the missed dose. Do not double the next dose to catch up.

This medication is more effective if taken with food. Always take it with a meal or a snack.

Side effects

In addition to its desired action, this medication may cause some side effects, notably:

  • it may cause diarrhea;
  • it may cause nausea and vomiting;
  • it may cause dizziness -- use caution when getting up from a lying or sitting position;
  • it may cause muscle pain.

Each person may react differently to a treatment. If you think this medication may be causing side effects (including those described here, or others), talk to your doctor or pharmacist. He or she can help you to determine whether or not the medication is the source of the problem.

Storage

As with most medications, this product should be stored at room temperature. Store it in a secure location where it will not be exposed to excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight. Keep it out of reach of young children.

Additional Information

This agent will lower the level of calcium in your blood. These levels will have to be evaluated regularly - be sure to keep your scheduled appointments. If your calcium level gets too low, you may get abdominal cramps, confusion, respiratory problems, irregular heart beat and tremor. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should contact your doctor.

This medication may interact with other medications or supplements, sometimes significantly. Many interactions, however, may be dealt with by a dosage adjustment or a change in medication schedule. Check with your pharmacist before using this medication in combination with any other medications (including non-prescription products), vitamins or natural products.

A treatment with this medication requires regular monitoring by a doctor. Be sure to see your doctor for all regularly scheduled appointments.

General notes

It is important to tell the health professionals you consult:

  • if you have a history of any other medical condition, whether you smoke and for women, if you are or want to become pregnant or breastfeeding;
  • if you have allergies to any medications or any other allergies (e.g. to food, latex, etc.);
  • all medications you are taking, prescription and non-prescription, including vitamins and natural products and supplements.