Velphoro

Generic Name: sucroferric oxyhydroxide (soo-kroe-FER-ik/OX-i-hye-DROX-ide)
Brand Name: Velphoro

Velphoro is used for:

Reducing the amount of phosphorus in the blood in patients with chronic kidney disease who are on dialysis.

Velphoro is a phosphate binder. It binds with phosphate in the digestive tract, which decreases the amount of phosphate absorbed into the body.

Do NOT use Velphoro if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Velphoro
  • you are taking alfacalcidol, calcifediol, calcipotriene, calcitriol, cholecalciferol, dihydrotachysterol, doxercalciferol, ergocalciferol, levothyroxine, or paricalcitol

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using Velphoro:

Some medical conditions may interact with Velphoro. 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 a history of hemochromatosis (a disorder of iron metabolism) or high levels of iron in your blood
  • if you have liver problems or stomach or bowel problems (eg, peritonitis), or if you have had stomach or bowel surgery

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Velphoro. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Alfacalcidol, calcifediol, calcipotriene , calcitriol, cholecalciferol, dihydrotachysterol, doxercalciferol, ergocalciferol, levothyroxine, or paricalcitol because their effectiveness may be decreased by Velphoro

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Velphoro 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 Velphoro:

Use Velphoro as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Velphoro by mouth with meals.
  • Chew Velphoro well before you swallow it. Velphoro may be crushed. Do NOT swallow it whole.
  • Velphoro may bind with other medicines, reducing the amount your body can absorb and use. If you are taking alendronate or doxycycline, take them at least 1 hour before taking Velphoro. Contact your doctor if you have questions about when to take your dose.
  • Continue to take Velphoro even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
  • If you miss a dose of Velphoro, 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 Velphoro.

Important safety information:

  • Velphoro may discolor the stools. This is normal and not a cause for concern.
  • Lab tests, including phosphorous blood levels, may be performed while you use Velphoro. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Velphoro should be used 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 using Velphoro while you are pregnant. It is not known if Velphoro is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Velphoro, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Velphoro:

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:

Dark-colored stools; diarrhea; nausea.

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); severe or persistent diarrhea, nausea, or stomach pain.

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.

Proper storage of Velphoro:

Store Velphoro at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store in the original container with the lid tightly closed. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Do not use after the expiration date. Keep Velphoro out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Velphoro, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Velphoro 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 Velphoro 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 Velphoro. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Velphoro. 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 Velphoro.

Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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.

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