Q. Is Sevcar 400 Tablet taken with food?
Yes, Sevcar 400 Tablet can be taken with food. It is recommended to take 1-2 tablets (based on individual needs) thrice daily. It is important to take it with meals because Sevcar 400 Tablet works by binding to phosphate from food. Take it exactly as advised by your doctor.
Q. Can Sevcar 400 Tablet be crushed?
No, you should not crush, chew, or break Sevcar 400 Tablet into pieces. You should swallow it as a whole with water.
Q. Why is it important for me to take Sevcar 400 Tablet?
It is important to take Sevcar 400 Tablet as patients undergoing dialysis cannot control the phosphate levels in their blood, especially after a meal. When the level of phosphate exceeds above the range in the blood, it may cause problems such as itchy skin, red eyes, high blood pressure, bone pain, and also increase the risk of fractures. These increased serum phosphate levels are reduced by Sevcar 400 Tablet, as it binds phosphate from food in the digestive tract.
Q. Does Sevcar 400 Tablet cause constipation?
A common side effect of Sevcar 400 Tablet is constipation, though it does not occur in everyone. The other common side effects of the stomach and intestine include diarrhea, indigestion, flatulence, and pain in the abdomen. Immediately consult your doctor if these side effects become severe and disturb you.
Q. Who should not take Sevcar 400 Tablet?
Patients who are allergic to Sevcar 400 Tablet and who have low levels of phosphate in blood should avoid taking Sevcar 400 Tablet. Additionally, patients having intestinal obstruction should also avoid using Sevcar 400 Tablet.
Q. Can I take ciprofloxacin while I am taking Sevcar 400 Tablet?
Ciprofloxacin may interfere with the working of Sevcar 400 Tablet and therefore it should not be taken at the same time as Sevcar 400 Tablet. However, if taken together then a gap of at least 2 hours before or 6 hours after taking Sevcar 400 Tablet should be maintained.
Q. How long do I need to take Sevcar 400 Tablet?
Continue taking Sevcar 400 Tablet as long as recommended by your doctor. Sevcar 400 Tablet lowers your dietary phosphate levels but does not cure your disease. Hence, you may have to take it lifelong, as stopping Sevcar 400 Tablet may increase your phosphate levels.
Q. Do I need to have any tests while taking Sevcar 400 Tablet?
Yes, serum phosphate levels should be monitored regularly while you are taking Sevcar 400 Tablet. Also, the use of Sevcar 400 Tablet may decrease the levels of vitamin D, A, E, K, and folic acid and hence the levels need to be monitored during the treatment.