Lanthanum Carbonate chewable tablets
What is this medicine?
LANTHANUM CARBONATE (LAN tha num KAR bon ate) is a binding agent. This medicine is used to decrease the amount of phosphate in your blood that may build up due to kidney disease.
How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Chew or crush it completely before swallowing. Do not swallow tablets whole. Take this medicine with food. Talk to your pharmacist about when to take your medicines. Some medicines must be separated from this one by several hours. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.
A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reaction like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
What may interact with this medicine?
This medicine may interact with the following medications:
certain antibiotics like ampicillin, quinolones, and tetracyclines
certain medicines for blood pressure, heart disease
certain medicines for cholesterol like atorvastatin, lovastatin, and simvastatin
medicines that treat malaria
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Protect from moisture. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
blockage in your bowel
dry hard stool that will not pass out of your rectum
having an X-ray of your stomach
history of stomach bleeding
inflammatory bowel disease
other stomach or intestine problems
an unusual or allergic reaction to lanthanum carbonate, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for check ups as directed. Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if you get new symptoms. You will need to have lab work done regularly.
You may need to be on a special diet while taking this medicine. Check with your doctor.