Renvela

Renvela lowers phosphorus levels in people with kidney disease on dialysis. Take Renvela with meals.

Renvela Overview

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Renvela is a prescription medication used to lower phosphorus levels in people with kidney disease on dialysis. Renvela belongs to a group of drugs called phosphate binders, which help the body get rid of phosphorus.

This medication comes in tablet and oral suspension forms and is taken three times a day, with meals.

Common side effects of Renvela include vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea.

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Renvela Cautionary Labels

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Uses of Renvela

Renvela 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.

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Side Effects of Renvela

Serious side effects have been reported with Renvela. See “Renvela Precautions” section.

Common side effects of Renvela include:

  • vomiting
  • nausea
  • diarrhea
  • upset stomach
  • pain in the stomach area (abdomen)
  • gas
  • constipation
  • itching
  • rash

This is not a complete list of Renvela 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.

Renvela Interactions

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:

This is not a complete list of Renvela drug interactions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Renvela Precautions

Serious side effects have been reported with Renvela including:

  • Gastrointestinal effects: Renvela 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.
  • Renvela can affect your bicarbonate and chloride levels.  Your doctor may order a simple blood test to monitor these levels while you take Renvela.
  • Renvela 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 Renvela.

Do not take Renvela if you:

  • are allergic to Renvela or any of its ingredients
  •  have a blockage in the intestines (bowel obstruction)

Renvela 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 Renvela, there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when receiving Renvela. 

Your doctor may suggest a diet low in phosphorus while taking Renvela. 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)
  • Cola
  • Canned iced teas and lemonade
  • Bran cereals
  • Egg yolks

Inform MD

Before taking Renvela, 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 Renvela
  • are pregnant or breastfeeding

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Renvela 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.

Renvela 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.

Renvela and Lactation

Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.

It is not known if Renvela is excreted in human breast milk or if it will harm your nursing baby.

 

Renvela Usage

  • Take Renvela exactly as prescribed.
  • This medication comes in tablet and oral suspension forms and is taken three times a day, with meals.
  • For the oral suspension, Renvela powder should be mixed with the appropriate amount of water and taken within 30 minutes of mixing.  Remix the powder right before drinking.
  • 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 Renvela at the same time.

Renvela Dosage

Take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully.

The recommended starting dose of Renvela (sevelamer) is 0.8 or 1.6 grams 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. 

Renvela Overdose

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.

Other Requirements

Store Renvela at room temperature.

Keep this and all medicines out of the reach of children.