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Generic Name: Calcium Acetate Capsules and Tablets (KAL-see-uhm ASS-eh-tate)
Brand Name: PhosLo

PhosLo is used for:

Reducing phosphate levels in late-stage kidney failure.

PhosLo is a mineral. It works by preventing phosphate in the stomach and intestines from being absorbed into the body.

Do NOT use PhosLo if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in PhosLo
  • you have high blood calcium levels (hypercalcemia)
  • you are taking digitalis (eg, digoxin)

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

Before using PhosLo :

Some medical conditions may interact with PhosLo . 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 kidney problems or low phosphate levels

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

  • Digoxin because the risk of side effects such as irregular heartbeat may be increased

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

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

  • Take PhosLo with meals.
  • Do not take PhosLo at the same time as a bisphosphonate (eg, alendronate), a quinolone (eg, ciprofloxacin), a tetracycline (eg, doxycycline), or a thyroid hormone (eg, levothyroxine). Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about how to separate these medicines from your dose of PhosLo .
  • If you miss a dose of PhosLo , 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 PhosLo .

Important safety information:

  • Be sure to follow the diet plan prescribed by your health care provider.
  • Do not take any other medicines containing calcium (eg, calcium supplements, antacids, multivitamins containing calcium) while you are taking PhosLo .
  • LAB TESTS, including calcium and phosphate blood levels, may be performed to monitor your progress or to check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Use PhosLo with extreme caution in CHILDREN. Safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant while taking PhosLo , discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using PhosLo during pregnancy. It is unknown if PhosLo is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast feeding while you are using PhosLo , check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of PhosLo :

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:

Nausea.

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); confusion; constipation; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; increased thirst or urination; loss of appetite; loss of consciousness; mental or mood changes; muscle weakness; severe or persistent nausea; unusual tiredness; vomiting.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include confusion; constipation; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; loss of appetite; loss of consciousness; mental or mood changes; muscle weakness; vomiting.

Proper storage of PhosLo :

Store PhosLo at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep PhosLo out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about PhosLo , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • PhosLo is 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.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about PhosLo . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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