RenaGel lowers phosphorus levels in people with kidney disease on dialysis. Take RenaGel with meals.
RenaGel is a prescription medication used to lower phosphorus levels in people with kidney disease on dialysis. RenaGel belongs to a group of drugs called phosphate binders, which help the body get rid of phosphorus.
This medication comes in tablet form and is taken three times a day, with meals.
Common side effects of RenaGel include vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea.
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Uses of RenaGel
RenaGel is a prescription medication used to lower phosphorus levels in people with kidney disease on dialysis.
This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
RenaGel Drug Class
RenaGel is part of the drug class:
Side Effects of RenaGel
Serious side effects have been reported with RenaGel. See “RenaGel Precautions” section.
Common side effects of RenaGel include:
- upset stomach
- pain in the stomach area (abdomen)
This is not a complete list of RenaGel side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your doctor if you take:
- ciprofloxacin (Cipro)
This is not a complete list of RenaGel drug interactions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Serious side effects have been reported with RenaGel including:
- Gastrointestinal effects: RenaGel can cause severe problems in the digestive tract, such as blockages and holes. Tell your doctor if you have a history of swallowing disorders, digestive tract surgery, or severe constipation.
- RenaGel can affect your bicarbonate and chloride levels. Your doctor may order a simple blood test to monitor these levels while you take RenaGel.
- RenaGel can decrease the amount of folic acid and vitamins D, E, and K in the body. Your doctor will likely suggest you take a vitamin supplement while on RenaGel.
Do not take RenaGel if you:
- are allergic to RenaGel or any of its ingredients
- have a blockage in the intestines (bowel obstruction)
RenaGel Food Interactions
Medicines can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your doctor may advise you to avoid certain foods. In the case of RenaGel, there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when receiving RenaGel.
Your doctor may suggest a diet low in phosphorus while taking RenaGel. Some foods high in phosphorus include:
- Dairy foods (milk, cheese, yogurt)
- Beans (baked, kidney, lima, pinto)
- Nuts and peanut butter
- Processed meats (hot dogs, canned meat)
- Canned iced teas and lemonade
- Bran cereals
- Egg yolks
Before taking RenaGel, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions. Especially tell your doctor if you:
- have a history of swallowing disorders, digestive tract surgery, severe constipation, or intestinal blockage
- are allergic to RenaGel
- are pregnant or breastfeeding
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
RenaGel and Pregnancy
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
The FDA categorizes medications based on safety for use during pregnancy. Five categories - A, B, C, D, and X, are used to classify the possible risks to an unborn baby when a medication is taken during pregnancy.
RenaGel falls into category C. Studies in animals have shown a harmful and undesired effect on the unborn baby, yet there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
This medication may be given to a pregnant woman if her healthcare provider believes that its benefits to the pregnant woman outweigh any possible risks to her unborn baby.
RenaGel and Lactation
Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.
It is not known if RenaGel is excreted in human breast milk or if it will harm your nursing baby.
- Take RenaGel exactly as prescribed.
- This medication comes in tablet form and is taken three times a day, with meals.
- If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the regular time. Do not take two doses of RenaGel at the same time.
Take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully.
The recommended dose range of RenaGel (sevelamer) is 800 mg-1600 mg taken three times per day with meals.
The dose can be increased in order to obtain serum phosphorus target (3.5 to 5.5 mg/dL) or the target indicated by your doctor.
If you take too much this medication, call your healthcare provider or local Poison Control Center, or seek emergency medical attention right away.
If this medication is administered by a healthcare provider in a medical setting, it is unlikely that an overdose will occur. However, if overdose is suspected, seek emergency medical attention.
Store RenaGel at room temperature.
Keep this and all medicines out of the reach of children.