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  • Generic Name: (sevelamer carbonate)
    Other Brands: N/A
  • Last Revised: 03/2016
    • What is this medication and its most common uses?

      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.

    • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

      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.

    • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

      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.

    • Who should not take this medication?

      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.

    • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

      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.

    • What is the usual dosage?

      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.

    • How should I take this medication?

      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.

    • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

      Do not change your dose or stop taking Renvela without first talking to your healthcare provider.

    • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

      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.

    • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

      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.

    • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

      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.

    • How should I store this medication?

      Store at room temperature. Protect from moisture.

    • Who should I contact in case of emergency or overdose?
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      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

      This PDR+ drug information has been developed by the Physicians’ Desk Reference Network (PDRN), a source of medication information trusted by doctors for over 65 years.

      This monograph summarizes the most important information about your medication and does not cover all the information you may need. If you have any questions or concerns or want to learn more about your medication, ask your healthcare provider; he/she will be able to provide answers to your questions. This medication should only be used by the patient for whom it was prescribed and should not be shared with other people.
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