Veltassa Side Effects
Generic Name: patiromer
Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug patiromer. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name Veltassa.
For the Consumer
Applies to patiromer: oral powder for suspension
As well as its needed effects, patiromer (the active ingredient contained in Veltassa) may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.
Major Side Effects
If any of the following side effects occur while taking patiromer, check with your doctor immediately:More common:
- loss of appetite
- mood or mental changes
- muscle spasms (tetany) or twitching
- nausea or vomiting
- unusual tiredness or weakness
Minor Side Effects
Some patiromer side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:More common:
- 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
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to patiromer: oral powder for reconstitution
Common (1% to 10%): Constipation, diarrhea, nausea, abdominal discomfort, flatulence
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Vomiting[Ref]
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Edema of the lips[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Hypomagnesemia, hypokalemia[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Approximately 4.7% of patients in clinical trials developed hypokalemia with a serum potassium value less than 3.5 mEq/L. Approximately 9% of patients in clinical trials developed hypomagnesemia with a serum magnesium value less than 1.4 mg/dL.[Ref]
1. "Product Information. Veltassa (patiromer)." Relypsa, Inc., Redwood City, CA.
It is possible that some side effects of Veltassa may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.
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