What is Renagel?Renagel is used to control phosphorous levels in the blood in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) on dialysis.
What is the most important information I should know about Renagel?Renagel may cause constipation that, if left untreated, may lead to severe complications. If you are experiencing constipation or your constipation gets worse, contact your doctor immediately.
Follow up with your doctor regularly to monitor certain electrolyte (e.g., chloride) levels.
Who should not take Renagel?You should not take Renagel if you have low levels of phosphorous in your blood.
Do not take Renagel if you have any type of bowel obstruction, including difficulty having bowel movements.
The safety and efficacy of Renagel in children has not been established.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Renagel?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Renagel. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have difficulty swallowing or swallowing disorders, major GI tract surgery, severe constipation, or severe stomach disorders.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dosage for you based on your phosphorous levels.
How should I take Renagel?Take Renagel exactly as prescribed with meals. You should maintain your prescribed diets.
What should I avoid while taking Renagel?Avoid missing doses of Renagel. You should also avoid taking other medications at the same time as Renagel.
Speak to your doctor about taking vitamin supplements.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Renagel?If Renagel is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Renagel with anti-arrhythmic drugs, anti-seizure drugs, ciprofloxacin, digoxin, enalapril, iron, metoprolol, and warfarin.
Your doctor may advise you to take interacting oral drugs at least 1 hour before or 3 hours after Renagel, or may consider monitoring blood levels of the drug.
What are the possible side effects of Renagel?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, flatulence, nausea, upset stomach, vomiting
Can I receive Renagel if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Renagel in pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Renagel?If you missed a dose of Renagel, take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once. If you are unsure, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
How should I store Renagel?Store Renagel at room temperature away from moisture.
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