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Fosrenol chewable tablets

Pronunciation

Generic Name: lanthanum carbonate (LAN-tha-num KAR-bo-nate)
Brand Name: Fosrenol

Fosrenol chewable tablets are used for:

Reducing blood phosphate levels in patients with end-stage kidney disease. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Fosrenol chewable tablets are a phosphate binder. It works by blocking the absorption of phosphate, which reduces phosphate and calcium phosphate levels in the blood.

Do NOT use Fosrenol chewable tablets if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Fosrenol chewable tablets
  • you have a blockage in your bowels (eg, ileus, impaction) or severe constipation

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

Before using Fosrenol chewable tablets:

Some medical conditions may interact with Fosrenol chewable tablets. 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 constipation, diabetes, or stomach or bowel problems (eg, an ulcer, ulcerative colitis, Crohn disease)
  • if you have a history of colon cancer, or have had stomach or bowel surgery
  • if you have dental problems that make chewing difficult. You may need to crush Fosrenol chewable tablets before taking it

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

  • Calcium channel blockers (eg, nifedipine) because the risk of serious stomach or bowel blockage may be increased

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

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

  • Fosrenol chewable tablets comes with an extra patient information sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it carefully. Read it again each time you get Fosrenol chewable tablets refilled.
  • Take Fosrenol chewable tablets by mouth with or immediately after meals.
  • Chew or crush completely before swallowing. Do not swallow the tablet whole.
  • Do not take an antacid within 2 hours before or 2 hours after you take Fosrenol chewable tablets.
  • Some medicines should not be taken at the same time as Fosrenol chewable tablets; their effectiveness may be decreased. If you are also taking ampicillin, an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor (eg, lisinopril), an anti-malarial (eg, chloroquine), a quinolone antibiotic (eg, ciprofloxacin), a statin (eg, simvastatin), a tetracycline antibiotic (eg, doxycycline), or thyroid hormones (eg, levothyroxine), ask your doctor or pharmacist how to take them with Fosrenol chewable tablets.
  • Take Fosrenol chewable tablets on a regular schedule to get the most benefit from it.
  • Continue to take Fosrenol chewable tablets even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
  • If you miss a dose of Fosrenol chewable tablets, 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 Fosrenol chewable tablets.

Important safety information:

  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Fosrenol chewable tablets before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Serious stomach or bowel blockage has happened with Fosrenol chewable tablets. Sometimes, this has led to the need for surgery or treatment in a hospital. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
  • Fosrenol chewable tablets may interfere with stomach x-rays. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are taking Fosrenol chewable tablets.
  • Lab tests may be performed while you use Fosrenol chewable tablets. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Fosrenol chewable tablets should not be used in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Do not use Fosrenol chewable tablets if you are pregnant. Avoid becoming pregnant while you are taking it. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor right away. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Fosrenol chewable tablets, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Fosrenol chewable tablets:

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:

Diarrhea; mild stomach pain; nausea; vomiting.

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 constipation, diarrhea, nausea, stomach cramping or pain, or 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.

Proper storage of Fosrenol chewable tablets:

Store Fosrenol chewable tablets at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Fosrenol chewable tablets out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Fosrenol chewable tablets, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Fosrenol chewable tablets are 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 Fosrenol chewable tablets 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 Fosrenol chewable tablets. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Fosrenol chewable tablets. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your health care provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Fosrenol chewable tablets.

Review Date: November 3, 2016

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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