What is Natpara?

Natpara is a formulation of parathyroid hormone, used for the treatment of hypoparathyroidism, a rare condition in which the body secretes very low levels of parathyroid hormone naturally. This leads to low calcium levels and causes kidney damage, kidney stones, abnormal heartbeat, psychological symptoms (delirium, depression, etc.), seizures, and cataracts, among other problems. Natpara is administered by injection in the thigh. Natpara may raise the risk of bone cancer (osteosarcoma); patients who notice new tender lumps or pains that do not go away should tell their doctor. Natpara may also lead to an overabundance of calcium in the blood; patients who feel tired, weak, or have nausea, vomiting, or constipation should also tell their doctor. Safety for Natpara has not been established for children or pregnant women. Breastfeeding women may be advised to stop during treatment with Natpara.

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Endocrine System

Your endocrine system works with your nervous system to control important bodily functions. The endocrine systems responsibilities include regulating growth, sexual development and function, metabolism and mood. The endocrine syst...

em also helps give your body the energy it needs to function properly. Endocrine glands secrete hormones into the bloodstream. Hormones are considered chemical messengers, coordinating your body by transferring information from one set of cells to another. Your endocrine system health can be affected by hormone imbalances resulting from impaired glands. A hormone imbalance can cause problems with bodily growth, sexual development, metabolism and other bodily functions. Endocrine system diseases or conditions include diabetes, growth disorders and osteoporosis.

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