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Lanthanum Carbonate

Generic Name: Lanthanum Carbonate (LAN-tha-num)Brand Name: Fosrenol

Lanthanum Carbonate is used for:

Reducing serum phosphate in patients with end-stage kidney disease. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Lanthanum Carbonate is a phosphate binder. It works by blocking the absorption of phosphate, which reduces phosphate and calcium phosphate levels in the blood.

Do NOT use Lanthanum Carbonate if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Lanthanum Carbonate

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Lanthanum Carbonate :

Some medical conditions may interact with Lanthanum Carbonate . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have stomach or bowel problems (eg, an ulcer, ulcerative colitis, Crohn disease, bowel obstruction)

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Lanthanum Carbonate . However, no specific interactions with Lanthanum Carbonate are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if Lanthanum Carbonate may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Lanthanum Carbonate :

Use Lanthanum Carbonate as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Lanthanum Carbonate by mouth with food.
  • Chew thoroughly before swallowing. Tablets may be crushed before chewing. Do not swallow unchewed tablets.
  • Medicines known to interact with antacids may interact with Lanthanum Carbonate and should not be taken within 2 hours of taking Lanthanum Carbonate .
  • Take Lanthanum Carbonate on a regular schedule to get the most benefit from it.
  • Continue to take Lanthanum Carbonate even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
  • If you miss a dose of Lanthanum Carbonate , take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Lanthanum Carbonate .

Important safety information:

  • Lanthanum Carbonate may cause dizziness. This effect may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Lanthanum Carbonate with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Do not take nonprescription antacids while taking Lanthanum Carbonate without approval from your doctor.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Lanthanum Carbonate before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • If you are on dialysis, Lanthanum Carbonate may affect your dialysis procedure. Be sure that the dialysis nurses and technicians know you are taking Lanthanum Carbonate .
  • Lab tests, including blood phosphate levels, may be performed while you use Lanthanum Carbonate . These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Lanthanum Carbonate should not be used in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Do not use Lanthanum Carbonate if you are pregnant. Avoid becoming pregnant while you are taking it. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor right away. It is not known if Lanthanum Carbonate is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Lanthanum Carbonate , check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Lanthanum Carbonate :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Constipation; diarrhea; headache; nausea; stomach pain; vomiting.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); dizziness; fainting; fatigue; unusual weakness.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch .

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Lanthanum Carbonate :

Store Lanthanum Carbonate at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Lanthanum Carbonate out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Lanthanum Carbonate , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Lanthanum Carbonate is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Lanthanum Carbonate . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

  • Lanthanum Carbonate Professional Patient Advice (Wolters Kluwer)
  • lanthanum carbonate Advanced Consumer (Micromedex) - Includes Dosage Information
  • Fosrenol Prescribing Information (FDA)
  • Fosrenol Consumer Overview

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