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Paricalcitol is a man-made form of vitamin D used to reduce or prevent high parathyroid hormone (PTH) levels in people with long-term kidney failure (chronic renal failure - CRF). High parathyroid hormone (PTH) levels can cause low calcium and phosphorus levels in the blood.
- Store at room temperature (77 degrees F or 25 degrees C) away from light.
- Brief storage between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted.
- If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
- Symptoms of overdose may include: irregular heartbeat, severe stomach pain, unusually deep sleep.
Zemplar is an intravenous therapy
- Learn all preparation and usage instructions in the product package.
- If any of the information is unclear, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
- Inject Zemplar into a vein (IV) usually every other day or at any time during dialysis; or as directed by your doctor.
- The dosage is based on your weight, medical condition, and response to therapy.
- Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration.
- If either is present, do not use the liquid.
- Learn how to store and discard needles and medical supplies safely.
- Consult your pharmacist.
- Nausea, headache, or constipation may occur.
- If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly.
- Promptly tell your doctor if you notice any of these side effects: decreased interest in sex, fever.
- Tell your doctor immediately if any of these serious side effects occur: drowsiness, lightheadedness, vomiting, dry mouth, metallic taste in the mouth, unusual weakness, bone pain, muscle pain, swelling.
- Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: chills, weight loss, loss of appetite, eye problems, stomach pain, sensitivity to light, severe runny nose, itching, dizziness.
- Tell your doctor immediately if any of these highly unlikely but very serious side effects occur: irregular heartbeat, severe mental/mood changes, bloody or tarry stool, fever, trouble breathing.
- If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
- Zemplar is not recommended for use if you have the following medical conditions: high calcium levels in the blood (hypercalcemia).
- Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: heart problems (e.g., arrhythmias, coronary artery disease), any allergies.
- Zemplar should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy.
- Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
- It is not known whether Zemplar passes into breast milk.
- Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
- If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember.
- If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
- Do not double the dose to catch up.
- Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medication you may use, especially: other vitamin D or phosphate-containing products, digoxin, aluminum-containing products (e.g., certain antacids), calcium supplements.
- Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.