Medication Information Leaflet
Sevelamer is a phosphate binder that helps to reduce the absorption of phosphate from food. It is commonly prescribed to patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) who have high phosphate levels in the blood. Lowering the phosphate levels in the body can help to prevent the progression of bone disorders and other issues from kidney disease.
Take this medication as prescribed by your healthcare professional.
Take the medication with food. Swallow the medication whole. Do not crush or chew the tablet.
Do not stop your medication without checking with your healthcare professional.
It is important to follow any diet plans prescribed by your doctor.
If you forget to take a dose, do it as soon as you remember. Then take your next dose at the usual time. Do not take two doses to make up for the missed dose.
Inform your healthcare professional if:
You are allergic to this medication or any other ingredients in this medication
You are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding
You are taking any other medications, including supplements, traditional medications and herbal remedies
You have difficulty swallowing
You have any bowel obstruction conditions
The side effects for Sevelamer are usually mild and generally well tolerated. They include the following:
These symptoms may happen but they should get better over time. Check with your healthcare professional if your symptoms do not get better or if they become worse.
If you develop signs of gastrointestinal obstruction or bleeding such as:
Black, tarry or bloody stools
Throwing up blood or throw up that looks like coffee grounds
The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:
Difficulty in breathing
Itchy skin rashes over your whole body
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.
If you are taking Ciprofloxacin (an antibiotic) or Mycophenolate mofetil, you will need to take them 2 hours before taking Sevelamer.
Additionally, please inform your healthcare provider if you are taking any of the following medications, as they may interact with Sevelamer:
Store in a cool and dry place, away from light. Keep this medication away from children.
Discard the medication into a black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing it into the rubbish chute or bin.
Please take note that the above is not a complete list of all possible side effects. If you have any concerns about your medication or if you have other side effects that you think are caused by this medication, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
If you take more than the recommended dose, please seek medical advice immediately. The information provided on this page does not replace information from your healthcare professional. Please consult your healthcare professional for more information.
This article is jointly developed by members of the National Medication Information workgroup. The workgroup consists of cluster partners (National Healthcare Group, National University Health System and SingHealth), community pharmacies (Guardian, Unity and Watsons) and Pharmaceutical Society of Singapore. The content does not reflect drug availability and supply information in pharmacies and healthcare institutions. You are advised to check with the respective institutions for such information.
Last updated on Apr 2023
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Wednesday, November 22, 2023
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