Renagel is a prescription-only medicine used to treat hyperphosphatemia (high blood level of phosphate) in chronic kidney disease patients undergoing dialysis. It is available as:
Powder for Suspension
2 What to Know Before Using
Before using Renagel, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it. Together with your doctor, you can decide whether the medication will do you more goods than the harms.
Here are some factors to be considered before deciding to use this medicine:
Allergies: Inform your doctor about the allergies you have, such as to this medication, other medications, or to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Pediatric: Safety and efficacy of sevelamer in children have not been well documented. Therefore, consult your doctor before using in children.
Geriatric: Sevelamer is generally safe for use in elderly, and may require lower doses initially.
Pregnancy: It falls under pregnancy category C for all trimesters, meaning that due to lack of sufficient studies, it’s not clear if this medication is safe for use in pregnancy.
Breastfeeding: Sevelamer is shown to have no significant risk to the infant when used by a nursing mother.
Drug Interactions: Taking two medicines together can be harmful due to possible interactions. In other cases, even if there is a possible interaction between two medicines your doctor may advise you to take them together after adjusting the dose or issuing precautions.
Though usually not recommended, your doctor may decide, after adjusting dose or frequency of one or both medicines, to use this medicine with any of the following medicines:
Other Interactions: Taking your medicine together with certain foods or items such as alcohol or tobacco may cause undesirable interactions. Talk to your doctor to know if using this medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco is safe.
Inform your doctor about the following conditions, if any:
Bowel obstructions: Do not use sevelamer
Trouble with swallowing
Major gastrointestinal surgery
Severe conditions of stomach or colon such as constipation: Use cautiously
The side effects of the medicine are not limited to the ones listed above. Call your doctor immediately if you experience any side effects that are uncommon or worry you. To report side effects to the FDA, contact at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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