Living With SHPT

Secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT) is commonly related to chronic kidney disease (CKD). Healthcare providers who treat CKD monitor for SHPT. This involves checking blood levels and watching for some of the symptoms of SHPT, such as pain near the stomach, pain near bones or joints, and feeling tired or low on energy.

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Often, people who have been diagnosed with SHPT never had symptoms. But if left untreated, SHPT can cause serious health problems, such as issues with your bones or heart.

Treatment is available for people who have SHPT related to CKD stage 3 or 4 and low levels of vitamin D. Rayaldee® (calcifediol) extended-release capsules is an oral medicine approved to treat the imbalances noted in SHPT.

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Your healthcare provider will check your blood levels of

  • Vitamin D
  • Parathyroid hormone
  • Calcium
  • Phosphorus

You may also have other tests to monitor for other changes that can occur with SHPT, such as x-rays to monitor your bones.

Be sure to let your healthcare provider know how you feel.

The symptoms of SHPT can be mild. Some people don’t have any symptoms at all. Your healthcare provider will be better able to help if he or she understands how you feel.

Important Safety Information

Before starting Rayaldee, the level of calcium in your blood should be in the normal range (below 9.8 mg/dL). Your doctor can tell you if your calcium level is right for starting Rayaldee.

Rayaldee can cause hypercalcemia and hypercalciuria (high levels of calcium in your blood and urine, respectively). You should tell your doctor if you are taking any other medications, including other vitamin D medications (prescription or over-the-counter vitamin D supplements). Your doctor may tell you to stop taking them while you are taking Rayaldee, as very high calcium levels due to high vitamin D levels could cause severe changes to your heart rhythm or seizures and require emergency treatment.

Tell your doctor about any and all medication you may be taking. While you are taking Rayaldee, tell your doctor if you receive any new prescriptions or start any new over-the-counter medications.

Tell your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms of very high calcium: feeling tired, difficulty thinking clearly, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, constipation, increased thirst, increased urination, weight loss, or any other abnormal symptoms or side effects.

While you are taking Rayaldee, your doctor will order laboratory tests to see how your SHPT is doing. These lab tests will also examine your blood levels of calcium, phosphorus, 25-hydroxyvitamin D, and PTH. Based on your test results, your dose of Rayaldee may be changed or stopped until your lab results improve.

The most common side effects of Rayaldee reported by patients in clinical trials were anemia (low levels of red blood cells or hemoglobin), infection in the nose and/or throat, high levels of blood creatinine (a lab test for measuring kidney function), shortness of breath, cough, congestive heart failure, and constipation. 

Take your Rayaldee at bedtime and swallow your capsules whole; do not bite or chew them.

If you miss a dose, take Rayaldee at your next scheduled time. Do not take an extra dose to make up for the dose you missed.

Be sure to follow your doctor’s orders, including getting your laboratory tests done on time.

1.

If you have questions regarding why you were prescribed Rayaldee, please speak with your doctor.

2.

If you have questions regarding Rayaldee or the disease state it is designated to treat, you may contact a Rayaldee Clinical Pharmacist at OPKO Connect at 1-844-414-OPKO (1-844-414-6756), option 1.

3.

If you have questions regarding the support programs offered by OPKO Connect, you can call 1-844-414-OPKO (1-844-414-6756), option 2.

4.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at www.fda.gov/medwatch or via phone at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088).

5.

For more information about Rayaldee, please contact OPKO Medical Information at 1-844-729-2539 or medicalinformation@opko.com.

Please see Full Prescribing Information.

Indication and Limitations of Use

Rayaldee is a treatment for secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT) in adults with stage 3 or 4 chronic kidney disease (CKD) and low vitamin D levels (25-hydroxyvitamin D less than 30 ng/mL). It is not for patients with stage 5 CKD or end-stage kidney disease on dialysis.

Important Safety Information

Before starting Rayaldee, the level of calcium in your blood should be in the normal range (below 9.8 mg/dL). Your doctor can tell you if your calcium level is right for starting Rayaldee.

Rayaldee can cause hypercalcemia and hypercalciuria (high levels of calcium in your blood and urine, respectively). You should tell your doctor if you are taking any other medications, including other vitamin D medications (prescription or over-the-counter vitamin D supplements). Your doctor may tell you to stop taking them while you are taking Rayaldee, as very high calcium levels due to high vitamin D levels could cause severe changes to your heart rhythm or seizures and require emergency treatment.

Tell your doctor about any and all medication you may be taking. While you are taking Rayaldee, tell your doctor if you receive any new prescriptions or start any new over-the-counter medications.

Tell your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms of very high calcium: feeling tired, difficulty thinking clearly, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, constipation, increased thirst, increased urination, weight loss, or any other abnormal symptoms or side effects.

While you are taking Rayaldee, your doctor will order laboratory tests to see how your SHPT is doing. These lab tests will also examine your blood levels of calcium, phosphorus, 25-hydroxyvitamin D, and PTH. Based on your test results, your dose of Rayaldee may be changed or stopped until your lab results improve.

The most common side effects of Rayaldee reported by patients in clinical trials were anemia (low levels of red blood cells or hemoglobin), infection in the nose and/or throat, high levels of blood creatinine (a lab test for measuring kidney function), shortness of breath, cough, congestive heart failure, and constipation. 

Take your Rayaldee at bedtime and swallow your capsules whole; do not bite or chew them.

If you miss a dose, take Rayaldee at your next scheduled time. Do not take an extra dose to make up for the dose you missed.

Be sure to follow your doctor’s orders, including getting your laboratory tests done on time.

1.

If you have questions regarding why you were prescribed Rayaldee, please speak with your doctor.

2.

If you have questions regarding Rayaldee or the disease state it is designated to treat, you may contact a Rayaldee Clinical Pharmacist at OPKO Connect at 1-844-414-OPKO (1-844-414-6756), option 1.

3.

If you have questions regarding the support programs offered by OPKO Connect, you can call 1-844-414-OPKO (1-844-414-6756), option 2.

4.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at www.fda.gov/medwatch or via phone at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088).

5.

For more information about Rayaldee, please contact OPKO Medical Information at 1-844-729-2539 or medicalinformation@opko.com.

Please see Full Prescribing Information.