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2020 Dec 14. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2020 Jan–.


Cinacalcet hydrochloride classifies as a "calcimimetic." Its primary indication is to reduce the parathyroid hormone level in patients with secondary hyperparathyroidism associated with end-stage kidney disease. In chronic kidney disease, patients often have high phosphorus levels, variable calcium levels, and increased parathyroid hormone levels (>300 pg/mL). The role of the cinacalcet in this condition is to reduce the serum parathyroid hormone level and prevent bone destruction. This intervention reinstates the calcium levels within the target ranges defined by the Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (K-DOQI) for disease management. It reduces the chances of requiring a parathyroidectomy for secondary hyperparathyroidism. Clinicians often use this medication in combination therapy with an oral phosphorous binder (calcium acetate, sevelamer) as well as Vitamin D analogs (calcitriol, paricalcitol).

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