Sevelamer

Description

Sevelamer is used to lower the elevated phosphate levels in the blood by preventing its absorption in the intestine. It is used in severe kidney disease patients. Do not take this medicine if you have any gastrointestinal diseases.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Sevelamer

  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Bloating
  • Excessive air or gas in stomach
  • Skin rash

Uses of Sevelamer

What is it prescribed for?

  • Hyperphosphatemia
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The onset of action of this medicine is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The duration of action of this medicine is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for pregnant women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before receiving this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended in breastfeeding women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before receiving this medicine.

Allergy

Not recommended in patients with known allergy to {[Sevelamer}}.

Bowel obstruction

Not recommended in patients with known case of bowel obstruction.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for pregnant women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before receiving this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended in breastfeeding women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before receiving this medicine.
General warnings

Vitamin deficiency

This medicine may decrease the absorption of vitamins like A, D, E and K. Monitoring of these levels is necessary. Vitamin supplements should be prescribed if necessary.

Swallowing disorder

This medicine may cause swallowing difficulty and requires hospitalization. The suspension is considered in patients with the swallowing disorder.

Missed Dose

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next scheduled dose then the missed dose can be skipped.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Ciprofloxacin

Levothyroxine

Disease interactions

Gastro-intestinal disease

This medicine is not recommended in patients with bowel obstruction diseases. Any symptoms of severe constipation should be reported to the doctor. An alternate medicine should be considered based on the clinical condition.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take Sevelamer as advised by the doctor. Do not take larger amounts than prescribed. Inform the doctor if you have any gastrointestinal disorders. Close monitoring of potassium levels is necessary. It should be taken at least 2 to 3 hours before or after other medicines to prevent their absorption. Consume foods that are having low phosphorous levels like White bread, cereals, rice, green peas, and green beans.
Miscelleneous

To be taken with food

To be taken as instructed by doctor

May cause sleepiness

How it works
It works by preventing the absorption of phosphorous in your diet into the intestine.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Phosphate binders

Schedule

Schedule H

[Internet]. 2017 [cited 22 May 2017]. Available from:

https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/medicine/18014

Sevelamer: MedlinePlus Drug Information [Internet]. Medlineplus.gov. 2017 [cited 22 May 2017]. Available from:

https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a601248.html

DailyMed - sevelamer hydrochloride tablet [Internet]. Dailymed.nlm.nih.gov. 2017 [cited 22 May 2017]. Available from:

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=aa991f60-7c13-49ec-862b-47cca4db3c44

Prescribing medicines in pregnancy database [Internet]. Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). 2017 [cited 22 May 2017]. Available from:

https://www.tga.gov.au/prescribing-medicines-pregnancy-database#searchname

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Information on this page was last updated on 16 Nov 2017

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