Renvela is used for the treatment of high levels of phosphorous in the blood in adults and children (6 years of age and above) with a body surface area (BSA) of equal to or greater than 0.75 m2 who have end-stage renal (kidney) disease and are undergoing dialysis. Renvela is a phosphate binder that is not absorbed in your body. When taken with meals Renvela inhibits the absorption of ingested phosphate from the food. Take Renvela exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Renvela should be taken 3 times a day with meals or snacks. It should not be taken empty stomach. Swallow the tablet whole. Do not crush, chew or break the tablet.
Renvela is manufactured by Sanofi Aventis and comes from Canada. The active ingredient in Renvela is Sevelamer Carbonate. The generic form of Renvela is available from India also called Sevcar manufactured by Emcure. Renvela is available as tablets in the dosage form of 400 mg and 800 mg in the quantity of 90 and 180 pills. The generic is also available in the form of 400 mg powder sachets.
Stop taking Renvela and call your doctor at once if you have one of these serious side effects:
• Allergic reactions
• Bowel obstruction
• Difficulty swallowing
• Hole in intestine
• Intestinal blockage
• Left lower quadrant pain
• Problems with esophagus
Less serious side effects include we fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, indigestion, constipation, abdominal pain, rash, itch, and flatulence. Please call your doctor if you have any further concerns or questions.
Do not take Renvela if you are allergic to are allergic to Sevelamer, or any other ingredients in the medication, have low phosphorous levels, have bowel obstruction/blockage, have ulcers (sores) or bleeding in digestive tract. It should not be used in in children that are below 6 years of age, have a BSA less than 0.75 m2, or that have mild hyperphosphatemia. Renvela may interact with ciprofloxacin, levothyroxine, drugs that are used to prevent the rejection of a transplanted organ, such as cyclosporin, mycophenolate and tacrolimus, drugs that are used to treat stomach ulcer known as proton pump inhibitors (e.g. pantoprazole, omeprazole).
The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
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