Experienced renal dieticians can help you learn more about Velphoro whether you're on dialysis and already taking Velphoro, or on another phosphate binder and considering a switch to something stronger.
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Velphoro (sucroferric oxyhydroxide) is a phosphate binder indicated for the control of serum phosphorus levels in patients with chronic kidney disease on dialysis.
Velphoro chewable tablets must be taken with meals. Velphoro should be chewed or crushed. Do not swallow whole. Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and other supplements. Velphoro can interact with other medicines.
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any of the following: peritonitis (an infection) during peritoneal dialysis, signiﬁcant gastric or liver disorder, recent major gastrointestinal (GI) surgery, a history of hemochromatosis or other disease that results in iron build-up in the body. People with these conditions were not included in clinical studies with Velphoro, and your healthcare provider will monitor your iron levels while you are taking Velphoro.
Velphoro can cause side effects. The most common side effects are discolored feces, diarrhea, and nausea. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. To report negative side effects associated with taking Velphoro, contact Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA) at 1-800-323-5188. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA at:
1-800-FDA-1088 or visit www.fda.gov/medwatch.
Before taking Velphoro, tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or breast-feeding.
Velphoro is available by prescription only. For more information please see full Prescribing Information.