Compare Renagel vs. Zemplar

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

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Treats high parathyroid hormone levels.

Zemplar (paricalcitol) works well to lower parathyroid hormone levels in people with chronic kidney disease and is safe for people with high blood calcium levels, but can be more expensive than alternatives.

Upsides
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  • Works well to lower parathyroid hormone levels.
  • Less likely to raise your blood calcium and phosphorus levels compared to other medicines in its class.
  • More convenient dosing than other medicines, like phosphate binders.
Downsides
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  • Because Zemplar (paricalcitol) can affect your blood calcium and phosphorus levels, you may need more blood tests and doctor follow-up visits than alternative medicines.
  • Both the brand and generic forms of Zemplar (paricalcitol) can be more expensive compared to similar medicines.
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Used for
  • End stage renal disease - Hemodialysis - Hyperphosphatemia
Dosage forms
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Side effects
The Renagel (Sevelamer Hydrochloride) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
31possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
    7%
  • Viral infection
    7%
  • High blood pressure
    7%
  • Nausea
    6%
  • Swelling
    6%
  • Allergic reaction
    6%
  • Feeling of spinning
    5%
  • Vomiting
    5%
  • Joint inflammation
    5%
  • Dizziness
    5%
  • Headache
    5%
  • Low blood pressure
    5%
  • Stomach discomfort
    4%
  • Constipation
    4%
  • Pain
    4%
  • Throat pain
    4%
  • Rash
    4%
  • Chest pain
    3%
  • Fungal infection
    3%
  • Stomach flu
    3%
  • Infection
    3%
  • Common cold symptoms
    3%
  • Urinary tract infection
    3%
  • Dehydration
    3%
  • Back pain
    3%
  • Muscle spasms
    3%
  • Fainting
    3%
  • Depression
    3%
  • Cough
    3%
  • Itching
    3%
  • Skin ulcers
    3%
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Risks and risk factors
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  • High blood calcium levels
    • Taking too much vitamin D
  • Interaction with digoxin
    • Taking digoxin
  • High aluminum levels
    • Aluminum-containing medicines
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