My son had been taking Renagel for the past thee years. A few months ago the dialysis center switched him to Renvela which is manufactured by the same pharmaceutical company to replace Renagel. The Renvela doesn't seem to be working as well since he is constantly itchy (which I'm told results from a high phosphorus concentration). I was going to ask his dietician about Phoslo. Would changing binders be effective in removing more of the phosphorus?
1 Aug 2010
Calcium is a mineral that is needed for many functions of the body, especially bone formation and maintenance. Calcium can also bind to other minerals such as phosphate, and aid in their removal from the body.
Calcium acetate is used to control phosphate levels to keep them from getting to high in people with kidney failure.
Sevelamer is a phosphate binder. Sevelamer helps prevent hypocalcemia (low levels of calcium in the body) caused by elevated phosphorus.
Sevelamer is used to reduce blood levels of phosphorus in people with chronic kidney disease who are on dialysis.
I wish your son gets well soon.-
Your final question must be answered by his dietician.-
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