This medicine is a calcimimetic agent used to treat high levels of calcium in the blood caused by parathyroid cancer or to treat high levels of parathyroid hormone in the blood that can occur in patients with chronic kidney disease. This medicine may be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Chemical Name: CINACALCET
Follow the directions for taking this medicine provided by your doctor. SWALLOW WHOLE. DO NOT BREAK, CRUSH, OR CHEW before swallowing. TAKE THIS MEDICINE WITH FOOD or shortly following a meal. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) in a tightly-closed container away from heat and light. Brief storage between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. IF YOU MISS A DOSE of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. DO NOT TAKE 2 doses at once.
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while you are taking this medicine include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle aches, dizziness, tiredness, or loss of appetite. If they continue or are bothersome check with your doctor. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience chest pain, numbness, tingling, ongoing muscle aches, cramping, tremors, or seizures. AN ALLERGIC REACTION to this medicine is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, or trouble breathing. If you experience other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
Product Code: 9793
What is a Generic Drug?
A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.