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Velphoro is a medication that addresses calcium deficiencies in the blood as a result of elevated phosphate levels that are the cause of hypocalcemia and chronic kidney disease. This chewable kidney dialysis medication can be eaten with meals or snacks and is usually taken as 1-chewable per meal, although your physician may change that number for you.
Velphoro is a standard medication for people undergoing kidney dialysis and is most effective when patients also reduce phosphorous-rich foods in their diet. Dietary changes can enhance the effectiveness of chronic kidney disease treatment, and the baseline for that is to have a serum phosphorous level of 5.5 mg/dL.
Have one Velphoro chewable tablet before, during, or after eating a meal or snack. Your tablet has to be crushed or chewed before eating it, and it is important to not swallow the tablet whole without with crushing it up first or chewing it well before swallowing it.
Do not concern if you forget to take Velphoro before, during, or after a meal. You do not need to take a make-up dose, and instead just take your next tablet at your next snack or meal. Taking Velphoro without food or snack means the medication will not be ineffective. Always take with a meal or snack.
People submitting reviews for this dialysis medication have said its helpful to set a reminder on their smartphone a short time before the 3 different times of a day they’ll usually be eating.
The active ingredient in Velphoro is succoferric oxyhydroxide.
Velphoro is only for use as written in a physician’s prescription. Any changes to dosage must be discussed with yours before making them. Also advise them of any other medications you are taking before beginning on Velphoro, along with if you have been prescribed any other medication for kidney disease.
Store in cool, dry space and out of direct sunlight. Keep out of reach of children. Be aware of expiry date for medication.
Possible side effects related to use of Velphoro kidney dialysis medication are uncommon, but some patients may experience diarrhea, nausea, stained teeth, rash, or discoloured stools. In the event of a rash discontinue use and speak to your physician regarding your chronic kidney disease dialysis program.