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Renvela is a medicine used to control phosphorous levels in people with chronic (long-term) kidney disease who are on dialysis. Renvela is available as tablets and a powder for oral suspension.
How does this medication work?
Renvela works by binding to the phosphate in the foods you eat, thereby reducing absorption and decreasing the phosphorus levels in your body.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: Renvela was shown to significantly reduce phosphorus levels in people with chronic kidney disease on dialysis.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you take Renvela exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.
How do I know it is working?
Your healthcare provider may order tests regularly to check how well this medication is working.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
Common side effects may include: vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, indigestion, stomach area pain, gas, constipation.
Renvela may cause difficulty swallowing, blockage of your stomach or intestines, or a hole in your stomach or intestines.
Do not take Renvela if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Do not take Renvela if you have an obstruction in your stomach or intestines.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Renvela. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have trouble swallowing, a blockage in your stomach or intestines, severe constipation, had stomach surgery, or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults: The recommended starting dose is 1-2 tablets three times a day, as directed by your healthcare provider.
Powder for Oral Suspension
Adults: The recommended starting dose is 0.8-1.6 grams three times a day, as directed by your healthcare provider.
Your healthcare provider may adjust your dose as needed, based on your previous medicine and your phosphorus levels.
Take Renvela exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider.
Take Renvela with meals.
If you are taking Renvela powder for oral suspension, mix each packet with the appropriate amount of water. The powder does not dissolve; therefore, it should be stirred vigorously just before drinking. Once mixed, consume the oral suspension within 30 minutes.
Your healthcare provider may instruct you to take vitamin supplements while you are taking Renvela. It is important to follow all dietary instructions your healthcare provider gives you.
If you are taking other oral medications, take them at least 1 hour before or 3 hours after taking your Renvela dose.
Do not change your dose or stop taking Renvela without first talking to your healthcare provider.
If Renvela is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Renvela with the following: ciprofloxacin, cyclosporine, levothyroxine, mycophenolate mofetil, or tacrolimus.
The effects of Renvela during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
If you miss a dose of Renvela, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
Store at room temperature. Protect from moisture.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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