Generic Name: calcium acetate (KAL see um AS e tate)
Brand Name: Calphron, Eliphos, PhosLo Gelcap, Phoslyra
What is Calphron?
Calcium is a mineral that is needed for many functions of the body, especially bone formation and maintenance. Calcium can also bind to other minerals such as phosphate, and aid in their removal from the body.
Calphron is used to control phosphate levels to keep them from getting too high in people with kidney failure.
Calphron may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
You should not use Calphron if you have high levels of calcium in your blood.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use Calphron if you are allergic to it, or if you have high levels of calcium in your blood.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use Calphron if you have other medical conditions, especially:
Ask a doctor before using this medicine if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Your dose needs may be different during pregnancy or while you are nursing.
Do not give this medicine to a child without medical advice.
How should I take Calphron?
Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.
Take this medicine with each meal, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
You may need to keep a food diary to measure how much calcium you are getting in your diet.
You may need frequent medical tests to help your doctor determine how long to treat you with Calphron.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while taking Calphron?
Do not take additional calcium supplements unless your doctor has told you to.
Avoid using antacids without your doctor's advice. Use only the specific type of antacid your doctor recommends. Many antacids contain calcium and you could be getting too much of this mineral if you take a calcium antacid with Calphron.
Calphron can make it harder for your body to absorb other medicines you take by mouth.
Avoid taking an antibiotic such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro), moxifloxacin (Avelox), or levofloxacin (Levaquin) within 2 hours before or 6 hours after you take Calphron.
Avoid taking an antibiotic such as doxycycline (Doryx, Oracea), minocycline (Solodyn), or tetracycline within 1 hour before you take Calphron.
Avoid taking levothyroxine (Synthroid, Levothroid) within 4 hours before or 4 hours after you take Calphron.
Calphron side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using Calphron and call your doctor at once if you have:
high levels of calcium in your blood--nausea, vomiting, constipation, increased thirst or urination, muscle weakness, bone pain, confusion, lack of energy, or tired feeling.
Common side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What other drugs will affect Calphron?
Other drugs may interact with calcium acetate, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
Editorial References and Review
Medically reviewed by BestRx Medical Team Last updated on 1/1/2020.
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