Compare Fosrenol vs. Sensipar

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Lowers phosphate levels.

Fosrenol (lanthanum) works well to lower blood phosphate levels without affecting blood calcium levels in people with advanced kidney disease, but it can be expensive, and you need to take it with meals.

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  • Works as well as other phosphate binders to lower blood phosphate levels.
  • Easy to take since Fosrenol (lanthanum) comes in powder form, and the tablet form can be crushed or chewed.
  • Is calcium-free, which means Fosrenol (lanthanum) doesn't come with the risk of high calcium levels like some alternative medicines.
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  • Like other phosphate binders, Fosrenol (lanthanum) must be taken with meals.
  • Is more expensive than other phosphate binders.
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Used for
  • Hyperphosphatemia in advanced kidney disease
  • Dialysis procedure - Renal impairment
  • Chronic - Secondary hyperparathyroidism Hypercalcemia - Parathyroid carcinoma Primary hyperparathyroidism
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Powder
  • Pill
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Side effects
3possible side effects
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pain
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The Sensipar (Cinacalcet) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Blockage of your digestive tract
    • History of changes to your digestive tract's anatomy
    • History of digestive tract problems
    • Taking medicines that can also cause blockage
  • Interference with X-rays
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