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Lanthanum Carbonate

Lanthanum Carbonate

Description

Lanthanum carbonate is used in medicine as a phosphate binder. As a medication it is sold under the trade name Fosrenol by the pharmaceutical company Shire Pharmaceuticals. Fosrenol is the largest of all pills filled in community pharmacies. Sometimes patients forget that fosrenol is not swallowed whole, but instead should be chewed. This has led to severe choking. It is prescribed for the treatment of hyperphosphatemia, primarily in patients with chronic kidney disease. It is taken with meals and binds to dietary phosphate, preventing phosphate from being absorbed by the intestine.

What Is Lanthanum Carbonate?

Lanthanum prevents the body from absorbing phosphate, allowing it to be removed from the body.

Lanthanum carbonate is used to lower phosphate levels in patients with end stage kidney disease. High levels of phosphate can make it hard for your body to absorb calcium, which can cause serious medical problems.

Lanthanum carbonate may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

You should not use lanthanum carbonate if you have a bowel obstruction or severe constipation.

How should I take lanthanum carbonate?

Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Take lanthanum carbonate with food or immediately after eating.

The chewable tablet should be chewed completely before you swallow it. Do not swallow whole. Tell your doctor if you have trouble chewing the tablet.

Sprinkle the oral powder into a small amount of applesauce or other soft food (oral powder will not dissolve in liquid). Swallow right away without chewing. Do not save the mixture for later use.

Lanthanum Carbonate Dosage

Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Take lanthanum carbonate with food or immediately after eating.

The chewable tablet should be chewed completely before you swallow it. Do not swallow whole. Tell your doctor if you have trouble chewing the tablet.

Side Effects

Adverse events associated with the use of Fosrenol may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dialysis Graft Occlusion
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Hypotension
  • Constipation

Precautions

Before taking lanthanum, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: stomach/intestinal problems (such as ulcers, bowel blockage/surgery, cancer, constipation), diabetes.

Before having an X-ray of your stomach/abdomen, tell X-ray personnel that you are taking this medication.

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