Cinacalcet decreases levels of parathyroid hormone (PTH), calcium, and phosphorous in the body.

Cinacalcet is used to treat hyperparathyroidism (overactive functioning of the parathyroid glands) in people who are on long-term dialysis for kidney disease.

Cinacalcet is also used to treat hypercalcemia (high levels of calcium in the blood) in people with cancer of the parathyroid gland, and in people with overactive parathyroid glands that cannot be treated surgically.

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  • More common
    Blurred vision
    chest pain
    dizziness
    headache
    nervousness
    pounding in the ears
    slow or fast heartbeat
    Less common
    Convulsions
    cough or hoarseness
    fever or chills
    loss of bladder control
    lower back or side pain
    muscle spasm or jerking of all extremities
    painful or difficult urination
    sudden loss of consciousness
    Incidence not known
    Abdominal or stomach cramps
    confusion
    decreased urine output
    difficulty with breathing
    difficulty with moving
    dilated neck veins
    dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
    extreme fatigue
    fainting
    irregular breathing
    irregular heartbeats
    joint pain
    large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
    low bone turnover
    mood or mental changes
    muscle aching or cramping
    muscle cramps in the hands, arms, feet, legs, or face
    muscle pains or stiffness
    numbness and tingling around the mouth, fingertips, or feet
    sweating
    swelling of the face, fingers, feet, or lower legs
    swollen joints
    tightness in the chest
    tremor
    troubled breathing
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    weight gain
    Severity: Minor
    Some of the side effects that can occur with cinacalcet may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    More common
    Diarrhea
    lack or loss of strength
    loss of appetite
    nausea
    vomiting
    weight loss
    Incidence not known
    Hives or welts, itching, rash
    redness of the skin
  • (oral tablet)