Generic Name: patiromer (Oral route)
Medically reviewed on June 7, 2018
Commonly used brand name(s)
In the U.S.
Available Dosage Forms:
- Powder for Suspension
Therapeutic Class: Exchange Resin
Uses For Veltassa
Patiromer is used to treat hyperkalemia (high potassium in the blood). This medicine is a potassium binder. It should not be used as an emergency treatment for life-threatening hyperkalemia.
This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription.
Before Using Veltassa
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For this medicine, the following should be considered:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.
Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of patiromer in the pediatric population. Safety and efficacy have not been established.
Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of patiromer in the elderly. However, elderly patients are more likely to have unwanted side effects which may require caution in patients receiving this medicine.
Interactions with Medicines
Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are taking this medicine, it is especially important that your healthcare professional know if you are taking any of the medicines listed below. The following interactions have been selected on the basis of their potential significance and are not necessarily all-inclusive.
Using this medicine with any of the following medicines may cause an increased risk of certain side effects, but using both drugs may be the best treatment for you. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.
Interactions with Food/Tobacco/Alcohol
Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.
Other Medical Problems
The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of this medicine. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
- Bowel blockage or
- Constipation, severe or
- Impaction (bowel movement problem)—Use is not recommended in patients with these conditions. This medicine may not work properly and may worsen these conditions.
Proper Use of Veltassa
Take this medicine exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. To do so may increase the chance of side effects.
Take this medicine with food. Do not heat this medicine (eg, microwave) or add to heated foods or liquids. Do not take this medicine in its dry form.
- Measure 1/3 cup of water. Pour half of the water into a glass.
- Empty the entire contents of a packet into the glass. You may need more than 1 packet for your prescribed dose.
- Stir the mixture well.
- Pour the remaining water into the glass containing the mixture and stir thoroughly. The mixture will look cloudy and the powder will not dissolve. Add more water if the mixture is too thick.
- Drink the mixture immediately.
- If some powder remains in the glass, add more water, stir, and drink immediately. Repeat as needed to make sure you get your full dose.
If you are taking other medicines, use Veltassa® 3 hours before or 3 hours after these medicines. Veltassa® may keep other medicines from working properly.
The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.
- For oral dosage form (powder for suspension):
- For treatment of hyperkalemia:
- Adults—At first, 8.4 grams once a day. Your doctor may increase your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 25.2 grams once a day.
- Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
- For treatment of hyperkalemia:
If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.
Store the medicine in the refrigerator. You may store the medicine at room temperature and must be used within 3 months of being taken out of the refrigerator.
Precautions While Using Veltassa
It is very important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits to make sure that this medicine is working properly. Blood tests may be needed to check for unwanted effects.
This medicine may cause hypomagnesemia (low magnesium levels in the blood). Check with your doctor right away if you have drowsiness, loss of appetite, mood or mental changes, muscle spasms (tetany) or twitching, seizures, nausea or vomiting, trembling, or unusual tiredness or weakness.
Veltassa Side Effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
- loss of appetite
- mood or mental changes
- muscle spasms (tetany) or twitching
- nausea or vomiting
- unusual tiredness or weakness
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
- Difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)
- Abdominal or stomach discomfort
- bloated or full feeling
- excess air or gas in the stomach or intestines
- passing gas
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
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