Without a Prescription
Decreasing blood phosphate levels can help keep your bones strong, prevent unsafe buildup of minerals in your body, and possibly decrease the risk of heart disease and strokes that can result from high phosphate levels.
Dialysis removes some phosphate from your blood, but it is difficult to remove enough to keep your phosphate levels balanced.
Sevelamer binds phosphates in the stomach and prevents them from being absorbed into the body.
Sevelamer is a polymer.
Sevelamer is prescribed in patients with chronic kidney disease on dialysis to prevent dangerous increases in phosphates.
Sevelamer is prescribed to prevent and treat high blood phosphate levels in patients who are on dialysis due to severe kidney disease.
Sevelamer works by holding onto phosphate from the diet so that it can pass out of your body.
Sevelamer side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue;
- Chest pain;
- confusion, irritability;
- diarrhea or constipation;
- difficulty breathing;
- fever, infection;
- Itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat);
- low or high blood pressure;
- Pain/redness/swelling in the lower legs;
- Problems with your dialysis access site;
- Severe constipation/inability to have a bowel movement;
- Severe dizziness;
- stomach upset, nausea;
- Stomach upset;
- Stomach/abdominal pain or swelling;
- Trouble breathing;
- unusually weak or tired;
Sevelamer is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- an unusual or allergic reaction to sevelamer, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives;
- bowel obstruction;
- difficulty swallowing;
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant;
- stomach surgery or disorder;
- if you are allergic to sevelamer;
- if you have any other allergies;
- if you have bowel blockage;
- if you have certain medical conditions;
- if you have low blood phosphorus levels;
- if you have stomach/intestinal problems (e.g., constipation);
- if you have stomach/intestinal surgeries;
- if you have swallowing problems (dysphagia);
Do not take Sevelamer with any of the following drugs:
- medicines for an irregular heartbeat;
- medicines for seizure control;
- phosphorus containing product or supplement;