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Eliphos (Calcium Acetate)
Calcium Acetate General Information
Eliphos (Calcium Acetate) is indicated to prevent high blood phosphate levels. It is patients who are on dialysis due to severe kidney disease. Decreasing blood phosphate levels can help keep your bones strong. It prevents an unsafe build-up of minerals in your body. It also possibly decreases the risk of strokes and heart disease that can result from high phosphate levels.
Dialysis removes some phosphate from your blood but it is difficult to remove enough to keep your phosphate levels balanced.
How does Eliphos (Calcium Acetate) work?
Calcium is a mineral that is needed for many functions of the body mainly bone maintenance and formation. Calcium can also aid in their removal from the body and bind to other minerals such as phosphate.
Calcium acetate is used to control phosphate levels to keep them from getting too high in people with kidney failure. It is a natural mineral that works by holding onto phosphate from the diet so that it can pass out from your body.
Why use Eliphos (Calcium Acetate)?
Eliphos (Calcium Acetate) acts as a phosphate binder. This is available as tablets for oral use. Each tablet has 667mg of Calcium Acetate as an active ingredient. In the year 1990, this medication was originally approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
How to use Eliphos (Calcium Acetate)?
The recommended initial dose of this medication is 2 tablets with a meal. It is to be taken by mouth. Take it exactly as it is prescribed. Do not increase your dose or take it more frequently than recommended. Doing so may increase your risk of side effects.
Remember to take it with each meal every day or on the schedule given to you by your doctor.
What are the side-effects of Eliphos (Calcium Acetate)?
- High blood calcium (Hypercalcemia)
Warnings and Precautions
- Before using this drug, tell your doctor if you are allergic to it or if you have any other allergies.
- Tell also to your doctor if you have any medical history or current medications and treatment.
- This should not be used if you have a certain medical condition. Consult your doctor if you have a high blood calcium level (Hypercalcemia).
- This medication should be used only when clearly needed for pregnant women. This also passes into breast milk but is unlikely to harm a nursing infant.
- Keep this at a dry and clean place to avoid contamination. Keep this also away from heat and moisture.