Renagel Sevelamer Hydrochloride and/or alternatives
Renagel is a phosphate binder and reduces levels of phosphate in the bloodstream. The generic name of this drug is Sevelamer. This drug is administered orally. You can buy Renagel in form of oral capsules. The oral capsules are available in two strengths, Renagel 400 mg and Renagel 800 mg.
The nonmedical ingredients present in this drug are: diacetylated monoglycerides, hypromellose, stearic acid, and colloidal silicon dioxide.
Indications & Dosage of Renagel
Renagel is used for preventing and treating elevated blood phosphate levels in individuals who are on kidney dialysis because of a chronic kidney disease.
The recommended initiating dosage range is 800 mg to 1600 mg per day. You should take the oral tablets with food. For effective treatment it is paramount that you follow all instructions laid down by your doctor.
Side Effects & Interactions of Renagel
If you experience a hypersensitivity reaction after taking Renagel, consult your healthcare provider immediately. Symptoms that mark an occurrence of hypersensitivity reactions include: facial flushing, hives, swelling of the throat, lips, or tongue, difficulty breathing, wheezing, closing of the throat.
You must consult your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any of the following serious side effects:
- Severe constipation and stomach pain
- Body aches, chills, fever
- Black, tarry, or bloody stools
Less severe side effects associated with Renagel may include the following:
- Tired feeling
- Joint pain
- Mild constipation
- Bloating, gas, upset stomach
- Loss of appetite, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting
All possible side effects of Renagel are not listed here. To know the complete list of side effects that this drug may cause speak to your healthcare provider or read the patient’s information leaflet that you receive when you buy Renagel.
It is possible that certain drugs may interact with Renagel. Names of some drugs that may interact with Renagel are:
- Seizure medications
- Heart rhythm medications
Other drugs, even the ones that are available over the counter, may interact with Renagel. For safe and effective treatment, it is necessary that you tell your physician about all other medicines that you are taking or have recently taken.
Warnings & Precautions of Renagel
You should not buy Renagel online if you are hypersensitive to any ingredients present in it. Patients with bowel obstruction should not use this drug. It is important that before you commence treatment you let your doctor know if you have any of the conditions listed below:
- An intestinal or stomach disorder
- Severe constipation
- Trouble swallowing
- Any blockage in your intestines
It is possible that Renagel may reduce the efficacy of other medicines, especially if you take them immediately before or after Renagel. Your doctor will inform you how much gap you should maintain between a dosage of Renagel and other medications.
Renagel is listed in pregnancy category C. This drug may or may not be safe for your unborn child. Inform your doctor, in advance, if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant during treatment with Renagel. Your doctor will decide if it is safe for you to use this drug during pregnancy.
It is not clear if Renagel enters breast milk. If you are considering breastfeeding a child during treatment, consult your doctor before doing so.
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