Renagel (Sevelamer) is used to lower high blood phosphorus levels in patients who are on dialysis due to severe kidney disease. Lowering blood phosphate levels can help keep your bones strong, prevent unsafe buildup of minerals in your body, and decrease the risk of heart disease and strokes that can result from high phosphate levels. Renagel belongs to a class of drugs known as phosphate binders. It works by holding onto phosphate from the diet so that it can pass out of your body.
We currently offer the brand Renagel from Canada by Genzyme. The generic Sevelamer is available from India also called Biosev by Biocon and Foseal by Emcure.
Seek emergency medical help if you have any signs of an allergic reaction to this medication. The common side effects of Renagel may include bloating, constipation, diarrhea, feeling tired, gas, itching, joint pain, loss of appetite, nausea, and upset stomach.
Stop taking Renagel and call your doctor right away if you have any of the following serious side effects:
• Black, bloody, or tarry stools;
• Choking or trouble swallowing;
• Constipation that gets worse;
• Severe constipation with stomach pain
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please call your doctor if you have any further concerns or questions.
You should not take Renagel if you allergic to Sevelamer, or if you have a bowel obstruction. Prior to taking this medication, tell your doctors about your medical history and if you have recently had stomach or intestinal surgery or if you have ever had:
• A blockage in your intestines;
• A stomach or intestinal disorder;
• Severe constipation;
• Slow digestion;
• Trouble swallowing
Tell your doctor about all the medications you take including prescription, nonprescription, herbal products, and vitamins. There may be a drug interaction between Renagel and other medications. Taking Renagel can make it harder for your body to absorb certain medications, or make them less effective. Consult your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Renagel is not approved for use by anyone younger than 6 years old.
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