Generic Name: calcium acetate (KAL-see-um AS-e-tate)
Brand Name: PhosLo
PhosLo is used for:
Reducing phosphate levels in late-stage kidney failure.
PhosLo is a phosphate binder. It works by preventing phosphate in the stomach and intestines from being absorbed into the body.
Do NOT use PhosLo if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in PhosLo
- you have high blood calcium levels (hypercalcemia)
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using PhosLo:
Some medical conditions may interact with PhosLo. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have low phosphate levels
- if you are taking medicine for seizures or irregular heartbeat
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with PhosLo. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Digoxin because the risk of side effects, such as irregular heartbeat, may be increased
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if PhosLo may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use PhosLo:
Use PhosLo as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Take PhosLo with meals.
- Do not take PhosLo at the same time as a bisphosphonate (eg, alendronate), eltrombopag, estramustine, a quinolone (eg, ciprofloxacin), a tetracycline (eg, doxycycline), or a thyroid hormone (eg, levothyroxine). Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about how to separate these medicines from your dose of PhosLo.
- If you miss a dose of PhosLo, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use PhosLo.
Important safety information:
- Be sure to follow the diet plan prescribed by your health care provider.
- Do not take any other medicines containing calcium (eg, calcium supplements, certain antacids, multivitamins containing calcium) while you are taking PhosLo.
- Lab tests, including calcium and blood phosphate levels, may be performed while you take PhosLo. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- Use PhosLo with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of taking PhosLo while you are pregnant. PhosLo is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are taking PhosLo, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of PhosLo:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); confusion; constipation; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; increased thirst or urination; loss of appetite; loss of consciousness; mental or mood changes; muscle weakness; severe or persistent nausea; sluggishness; unusual tiredness; vomiting.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include confusion; constipation; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; loss of appetite; loss of consciousness; mental or mood changes; muscle weakness; severe or persistent nausea; sluggishness; vomiting.Proper storage of PhosLo:
Store PhosLo at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep PhosLo out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about PhosLo, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- PhosLo is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take PhosLo or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about PhosLo. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to PhosLo. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using PhosLo.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.