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Sevelamer

INFORMATION

Uses

Sevelamer is used in the treatment of increased phosphate levels in blood.

How it works

Sevelamer acts by binding the phosphate molecule from food in the digestive tract and decreases its absorption and consequently lowers the phosphate levels in the blood.

Common side effects

Nausea, Flatulence, Abdominal bloating, Constipation, Cough, Diarrhoea, Headache, Vomiting

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Expert advice

Take sevelamer tablets with meals.
Avoid taking any other medicines within 1 hour before or 3 hours after you take sevelamer.
Do not start or continue sevelamer and consult your doctor:
  • if you have allergy to sevelamer.
  • if you have problems with bowel motility such as feeling of fullness, urge to vomit (nausea), vomiting, constipation, prolonged loose motions (diarrhea) or pain in the abdomen (symptoms of active inflammatory bowel disease).
  • if you have undergone major surgery on your stomach or bowel.
Do not take calcium or other mineral supplements without your doctor's advice.

Frequently asked questions

Sevelamer

Q.What is sevelamer carbonate/sevelamer hydrochloride?
Sevelamer is available in 2 forms - Sevelamer carbonate and sevelamer hydrochloride. Both are same in function and used to treat hyperphosphatemia (increased blood phosphate level)

Q.What is role of sevelamer in dialysis?
Sevelamer is used in patient who requires dialysis to remove extra phosphate from the blood. However, it should not be given to patients who are about to undergo dialysis soon.


Content on this page was last updated on 28 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)