Phoslo

DRUG DESCRIPTION

Each white round tablet (stamped "BRA200") contains 667 mg calcium acetate, USP (anhydrous; Ca(CH3COO)2; MW=158.17 grams) equal to 169 mg (8.45 mEq) calcium, and 10 mg of the inert binder, polyethylene glycol 8000 NF. PhosLo Tablets (calcium acetate) are administered orally for the control of hyperphosphatemia in end stage renal failure.

What are the possible side effects of calcium acetate (PhosLo, PhosLo Gelcap)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Less serious side effects are more likely to occur, such as:

  • nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite;
  • constipation;
  • dry mouth or increased thirst; or
  • urinating more than usual.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect....

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What are the precautions when taking calcium acetate tablet (Phoslo)?

Before taking calcium acetate, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

This medication should not be used if you have a certain medical condition. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: a high blood calcium level (hypercalcemia).

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history.

During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

This medication passes into breast milk but is unlikely to harm a nursing infant. Consult your...

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Phoslo Consumer (continued)

SIDE EFFECTS: Stomach upset may occur. If this effect persists or worsens, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: stomach/abdominal pain, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, constipation, confusion, dry mouth, increased thirst/urination.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

PRECAUTIONS: Before taking calcium acetate, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

This medication should not be used if you have a certain medical condition. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: a high blood calcium level (hypercalcemia).

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history.

During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

This medication passes into breast milk but is unlikely to harm a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.


Phoslo Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: PhosLo, PhosLo Gelcap

Generic Name: calcium acetate (Pronunciation: KAL see um AH seh tate)

  • What is calcium acetate (Phoslo)?
  • What are the possible side effects of calcium acetate (Phoslo)?
  • What is the most important information I should know about calcium acetate (Phoslo)?
  • What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking calcium acetate (Phoslo)?
  • How should I take calcium acetate (Phoslo)?
  • What happens if I miss a dose (Phoslo)?
  • What happens if I overdose (Phoslo)?
  • What should I avoid while taking calcium acetate (Phoslo)?
  • What other drugs will affect calcium acetate (Phoslo)?
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What is calcium acetate (Phoslo)?

Calcium is a mineral that is needed for many functions of the body, especially bone formation and maintenance. Calcium can also bind to other minerals such as phosphate, and aid in their removal from the body.

Calcium acetate is used to control phosphate levels to keep them from getting to high in people with kidney failure.

Calcium acetate may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of calcium acetate (Phoslo)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Less serious side effects are more likely to occur, such as:

  • nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite;
  • constipation;
  • dry mouth or increased thirst; or
  • urinating more than usual.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about calcium acetate (Phoslo)?

Do not use this medication if you have high levels of calcium in your blood, or if you are also taking digoxin (digitalis, Lanoxin, Lanoxicaps).

Do not take additional calcium supplements unless your doctor has told you to.

Avoid using antacids without your doctor's advice. Use only the specific type of antacid your doctor recommends. Many antacids contain calcium and you could be getting too much of this mineral if you take a calcium antacid with calcium acetate.

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