Vijayaganesh Kasinathan
Written & Compiled by Pharmacist Vijayaganesh Kasinathan, B.Pharm, M.Pharm
Dr. Simi Paknikar
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Simi Paknikar, MD
Last Updated on Dec 07, 2017
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General Information on Etelcalcetide

Generic Name : Etelcalcetide

Pronunciation : e-tel-KAL-se-tide

Latest prescription information about Etelcalcetide. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
Therapeutic Classification : Antihyperparathyroid Agents

Trade Names/Brand Names of Etelcalcetide


Overview of Etelcalcetide

• Etelcalcetide belongs to a group of medications called calcimimetics that imitates the action of calcium on tissues.

Why is Etelcalcetide Prescribed? (Indications)

• Etelcalcetide has been approved by US FDA on Feb.2017 for the treatment of secondary hyperparathyroidism (HPT) in adults who suffer chronic kidney disease and undergo hemodialysis.
• Secondary hyperparathyroidism is a condition in which the body produces the excess parathyroid hormone in response to a low level of calcium in the blood which is usually observed in chronic kidney disease patients.
• Etelcalcetide acts by activating the calcium-sensing receptor in the parathyroid gland and signals the body to produce less parathyroid hormone, thereby decreasing the level of calcium and phosphorus in the blood.

When should Etelcalcetide not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Etelcalcetide is not recommended in

• Patients allergic to etelcalcetide drug
• Pregnancy and breastfeeding women
• Patients with low blood calcium levels
• Parathyroid carcinoma
• Primary hyperparathyroidism
• Chronic kidney disease but not on hemodialysis

What is the dosage of Etelcalcetide?

• The recommended adult dose is as follows:

Initial dose:
• The 5mg injection is administered as an intravenous bolus injection three times a week at the end of hemodialysis procedure.
• The dose can be increased by 2.5 to 5 mg every 4 weeks till the parathyroid hormone and serum calcium levels are normal.

Maintenance dose:
• The maintenance dose varies from 2.5mg to 15mg three times a week.

Switching from Cinacalcet:
Cinacalcet therapy should be stopped 1 week before starting etelcalcetide treatment.

Missed a Dose?

• If a scheduled hemodialysis procedure is missed, do not administer etelcalcetide.
• Initiate etelcalcetide therapy only at the end of the next hemodialysis treatment.
• When an etelcalcetide dose is missed for more than 2 weeks, then re-initiate the treatment with a dose of 5 mg, or 2.5 mg if it was the patient’s last dose.

How should Etelcalcetide be taken?

• Etelcalcetide comes as a solution which has to be injected intravenously as a bolus.
• It should not be mixed or diluted before administration.

What are the warnings and precautions for Etelcalcetide?

• Patients should be monitored for low blood calcium levels or symptoms caused by it such as seizures, muscle spasm, myalgia, and paresthesias. The blood parathyroid hormone level should also be monitored regularly.
• Etelcalcetide therapy may worsen the existing heart failure or cause ventricular arrhythmia especially in patients with ECG abnormalities like congenital long QT syndrome. A strict monitoring is required in such cases.
• Patients with gastritis, stomach ulcers or other upper gastrointestinal bleeding cases should be monitored during etelcalcetide treatment because of the possible gastrointestinal bleeding associated with the therapy.
• The dose of etelcalcetide should be reduced or the treatment should be discontinued temporarily when adynamic bone disease occurs due to the parathyroid hormone suppression.
• It should be used with caution in patients with seizures since low blood calcium levels can trigger seizures.

What are the side effects of Etelcalcetide?

  Common: Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, low blood calcium level, muscle spasm
  Skin: Rashes, hives, itching, swelling of the face
  Central nervous system: Headache, paresthesia
  Cardiovascular: Heart failure, ECG abnormalities, low blood pressure
  Endocrine: Decreased levels of phosphate and calcium levels in blood, increase in blood potassium levels
  Others: Blood vomiting, black or bright red stools, muscle pain, allergic reaction

What are the other precautions for Etelcalcetide?

• Patients should be advised to report to the emergency center in case of symptoms such as wheezing, blue skin color, severe itching or cough during the treatment.

What are the Drug Interactions of Etelcalcetide?

• Combination of etelcalcetide with cinacalcet should be avoided because of the additional calcium lowering effect.

What are the storage conditions for Etelcalcetide?

• Etelcalcetide vials should be stored at 2 to 8 ° C in the original carton.
• If removed from cold storage, it should be used within 1 week if stored in original carton or within 4 hours if removed from the original carton.
• It should not be exposed to higher temperatures such as above 25°C or direct sunlight when removed from the original container.

Last Updated : 12/7/2017

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