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Drugs reference index «lanthanum carbonate»

lanthanum carbonate (Oral route)

LAN-tha-num KAR-bo-nate

Commonly used brand name(s):

In the U.S.

  • Fosrenol

Available Dosage Forms:

  • Tablet, Chewable

Therapeutic Class: Phosphate Binder

Uses For lanthanum carbonate

Lanthanum is used to treat hyperphosphatemia (too much phosphate in the blood) in patients with kidney disease who are on dialysis.

lanthanum carbonate is available only with your doctor's prescription.

Before Using lanthanum carbonate

In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For lanthanum carbonate, the following should be considered:

Allergies

Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to lanthanum carbonate or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.

Pediatric

Studies on lanthanum carbonate have been done only in adult patients, and there is no specific information comparing use of lanthanum in children with use in other age groups.

Geriatric

lanthanum carbonate has been tested and has not been been shown to cause different side effects or problems in older people than it does in younger adults.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy CategoryExplanation
All TrimestersCAnimal studies have shown an adverse effect and there are no adequate studies in pregnant women OR no animal studies have been conducted and there are no adequate studies in pregnant women.

Breast Feeding

There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.

Interactions with Medicines

Using lanthanum carbonate with any of the following medicines may cause an increased risk of certain side effects, but using both drugs may be the best treatment for you. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.

  • Levothyroxine

Interactions with Food/Tobacco/Alcohol

Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.

Other Medical Problems

The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of lanthanum carbonate. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:

  • Bowel obstruction (blockage) or other disorders affecting the gastrointestinal tract or
  • Crohn's disease or
  • Peptic ulcer (an ulcer in the wall of the stomach) or
  • Ulcerative colitis (inflammatory disease of the colon)—Use of lanthanum has not been studied in patients with these medical problems.

Proper Use of lanthanum carbonate

Take lanthanum carbonate with meals.

Take lanthanum carbonate only as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less of it, and do not take it more often than your doctor ordered.

Chew the tablet before swallowing. Do not swallow the tablet whole.

Follow carefully any diet program your doctor may recommend.

Dosing

The dose of lanthanum carbonate will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of lanthanum carbonate. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For oral dosage form (chewable tablets):
    • For high phosphorus levels in the blood:
      • Adults—Your dose will be determined by your doctor depending on how high your blood phosphorus level is.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of lanthanum carbonate, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Precautions While Using lanthanum carbonate

Regular visits: If you will be taking lanthanum carbonate for a long time, it is very important that your doctor check you at regular visits.

lanthanum carbonate Side Effects

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

More common
  • Dialysis graft blockage

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common
  • Diarrhea
  • difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)
  • nausea
  • runny nose
  • sneezing
  • stomach pain
  • stuffy nose
  • vomiting

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

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

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  • Lanthanum Carbonate Professional Patient Advice (Wolters Kluwer)
  • Lanthanum Carbonate MedFacts Consumer Leaflet (Wolters Kluwer)
  • Fosrenol Prescribing Information (FDA)
  • Fosrenol Consumer Overview

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