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Sucroferric oxyhydroxide (By mouth)

Sucroferric Oxyhydroxide (soo-kroe-FER-ik ox-ee-hye-DROX-ide)

Controls the phosphorus levels in the blood of patients who have chronic kidney disease.

Brand Name(s):

Velphoro

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

This medicine is generally considered safe for most people. Talk to your doctor if you have concerns.

How to Use This Medicine:

Chewable Tablet

  • Take your medicine as directed. Your dose may need to be changed several times to find what works best for you.
  • It is best to take this medicine with food or milk.
  • Chew the tablet. Do not swallow it whole. You may also crush the tablet.
  • Missed dose: If you miss a dose of this medicine, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Store in the original package.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Do not take this medicine together with levothyroxine or vitamin D supplements.
  • Some foods and medicines can affect how sucroferric oxyhydroxide works. If you are taking alendronate or doxycycline, take these medicines at least 1 hour before you take Velphoro®.

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have liver disease, stomach problems, or a history of hemochromatosis (too much iron in the blood). Tell your doctor if you have had a major surgery in your stomach or bowels.
  • Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Dark-colored stools
  • Diarrhea, nausea

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088


Last Updated: 9/4/2014


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