Managing hypoparathyroidism

Hypoparathyroidism should be managed with help from your doctors.

You and your doctor may work together to develop a plan to manage your condition. Dietary changes, supplements or medicines may be recommended to help maintain the balance of minerals (calcium and phosphate) in your body.1 Keeping a journal of symptoms may allow doctors to identify patterns and help manage your condition.

Management Goals

The management of hypoparathyroidism focuses on maintaining blood calcium levels with oral calcium and active vitamin D.2 For patients being treated for hypoparathyroidism, blood calcium levels are typically maintained at the lower end of the normal range (approximately 2.1 to 2.3 mmol/L).1,3

YOUR MEDICAL TEAM MAY WANT TO1:

  • Keep your blood calcium level in the target range
  • Prevent symptoms of low blood calcium
  • Keep your blood phosphate in the normal range
  • Avoid excessive calcium in your urine
  • Keep your blood magnesium in the normal range
  • Prevent long-term complications of the disease
  • Check that your vitamin D levels are adequate

Monitoring

It is important that disease characteristics (blood calcium, phosphate, magnesium and kidney function (creatinine)) are regularly monitored, approximately every 3-6 months, as they will change without obvious causes.1

A patient’s symptoms and any signs of long-term complications should also be assessed on a regular basis.

TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT HYPOPARATHYROIDISM