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Phoslyra

Generic Name: Calcium Acetate Oral Solution (KAL see um AS e tate)
Brand Name: Phoslyra

Medically reviewed on July 4, 2018

Uses of Phoslyra:

  • It is used to lower high phosphate levels.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Phoslyra?

  • If you have an allergy to calcium or any other part of Phoslyra (calcium acetate oral solution).
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you have high calcium levels.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Phoslyra (calcium acetate oral solution).

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Phoslyra (calcium acetate oral solution) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Phoslyra?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take Phoslyra (calcium acetate oral solution). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
  • Do not take calcium or products that have calcium, like antacids, while you are taking Phoslyra (calcium acetate oral solution).
  • Do not take Phoslyra (calcium acetate oral solution) at the same time as levothyroxine or some antibiotics like ciprofloxacin or doxycycline. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about taking these drugs at some other time than Phoslyra (calcium acetate oral solution).
  • Some other drugs may need to be taken at some other time than Phoslyra (calcium acetate oral solution). If you take other drugs, check with your doctor or pharmacist to see if you need to take them at some other time than Phoslyra (calcium acetate oral solution).
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using Phoslyra (calcium acetate oral solution) while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

How is this medicine (Phoslyra) best taken?

Use Phoslyra (calcium acetate oral solution) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Take with meals.
  • Follow the diet plan that your doctor told you about.
  • Measure liquid doses carefully. Use the measuring device that comes with Phoslyra (calcium acetate oral solution). If there is none, ask the pharmacist for a device to measure Phoslyra (calcium acetate oral solution).

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of high calcium levels like weakness, confusion, feeling tired, headache, upset stomach and throwing up, hard stools (constipation), or bone pain.
  • Fast or slow heartbeat.
  • A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
  • More thirst.
  • Passing urine more often.
  • Not hungry.
  • Mood changes.
  • Muscle weakness.

What are some other side effects of Phoslyra?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Upset stomach.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Phoslyra?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Protect from light.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.

Consumer information use

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Phoslyra (calcium acetate oral solution), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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