Zemplar Injection

Generic Name: Paricalcitol

  • What is Zemplar Injection?

    Zemplar is a medicine used to prevent and treat overfunctioning parathyroid glands associated with chronic (long-term) kidney disease.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Zemplar Injection?

    Tell your doctor immediately if you develop symptoms of high calcium (such as feeling tired, difficulty thinking clearly, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, constipation, increased thirst, increased urination, or weight loss).

    Your doctor will ask you to follow instructions regarding diet and phosphorus restrictions.

  • Who should not take Zemplar Injection?

    Do not take Zemplar if you have high calcium and vitamin D levels, or if you are allergic to Zemplar or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Zemplar Injection?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Zemplar. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have high calcium or vitamin D levels.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for you based on your condition.

  • How should I take Zemplar Injection?

    Your doctor will inject Zemplar anytime during dialysis.

  • What should I avoid while taking Zemplar Injection?

    Do not take any other medicines, prescriptions, or over-the-counter medications without talking to your doctor first.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Zemplar Injection?

    If Zemplar is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Zemplar with the following: antacids, atazanavir, clarithromycin, cholestyramine, digoxin, hydrochlorothiazide, indinavir, itraconazole, ketoconazole, mineral oil, nefazodone, nelfinavir, ritonavir, saquinavir, telithromycin, or voriconazole.

  • What are the possible side effects of Zemplar Injection?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: chills, dry mouth, fever, fluid retention, nausea, palpitations, tiredness, vomiting

  • Can I receive Zemplar Injection if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Zemplar during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Zemplar Injection?

    Tell your doctor if you will miss your scheduled appointment to receive Zemplar.

  • How should I store Zemplar Injection?

    Zemplar will be stored at your doctor's office and it will be prepared for you before you receive it.