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What is Sevelamer Hydrochloride used for?

Sevelamer Hydrochloride is used to treat high blood phosphate levels in dialysis patients with chronic kidney disease known as end stage renal disease (ESRD). It helps prevent hypocalcemia that occurs as a result of high phosphate levels. This drug belongs to the class of medications called phosphate binders. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Sevelamer Hydrochloride?

The dosage of Sevelamer Hydrochloride prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Sevelamer Hydrochloride should be taken with meals.

What if you miss a dose of Sevelamer Hydrochloride?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Sevelamer Hydrochloride medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you miss a dose of Sevelamer Hydrochloride?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Sevelamer Hydrochloride, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Sevelamer Hydrochloride?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Sevelamer Hydrochloride.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Sevelamer Hydrochloride, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Sevelamer Hydrochloride can interact with heart rhythm medications and seizure medications.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Sevelamer Hydrochloride?

Like other medicines, Sevelamer Hydrochloride can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Sevelamer Hydrochloride are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Sevelamer Hydrochloride cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Sevelamer Hydrochloride develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Sevelamer Hydrochloride can cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, gas, constipation, and heartburn. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Sevelamer Hydrochloride.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Sevelamer Hydrochloride?

Is it possible for me to take Sevelamer Hydrochloride with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Sevelamer Hydrochloride?
What are the possible drug interactions of Sevelamer Hydrochloride?
How will Sevelamer Hydrochloride work in my body?
How should Sevelamer Hydrochloride be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Sevelamer Hydrochloride drug interactions and side effects?

Note

The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Sevelamer Hydrochloride is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.

 

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