Lanthanum carbonate powder - oral
Lanthanum carbonate powder - oral
Lanthanum is used to lower high blood phosphate levels in people who are on dialysis due to severe kidney disease. Dialysis removes some phosphate from your blood, but it is difficult to remove enough to keep your phosphate levels balanced. Decreasing blood phosphate levels can help keep your bones strong, prevent unsafe buildup of minerals in your body, and may decrease the risk of heart disease and strokes that can result from high phosphate levels.
Lanthanum is a natural mineral that works by binding to phosphate in the foods you eat. The phosphate then passes out of your body in your stool.
Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking lanthanum and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually with or right after meals. Sprinkle the powder on a small amount of applesauce or soft food and swallow the mixture right away. Do not open the powder packet until you are ready to use it. Do not store the drug/food mixture for future use. Lanthanum powder will not dissolve in liquid.
Take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. The dosage is based on your medical condition, response to treatment, and laboratory test results.
Lanthanum may stop some medications from working well if you take them at the same time. Ask your pharmacist if you need to separate the time that you take your other medications from the time that you take lanthanum. See also Drug Interactions section.
Nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, or constipation may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including:
Rarely, a serious blockage of the bowels or a hole in the bowels may occur, which may sometimes require surgery or going to the hospital. Tell your doctor right away if you have:
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Before taking lanthanum, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of:
Before having an X-ray of your stomach/abdomen, tell X-ray personnel that you are taking this medication.
This medication is not recommended for children because it may affect the bones.
It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Lanthanum may stop some medications from working well if you take them at the same time. Ask your pharmacist for details because you may need to separate the times you take lanthanum by at least 2 hours from the times you take the following medications, among others:
Other medications (such as quinolone antibiotics including ciprofloxacin/levofloxacin) may require different separation time schedules. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about how to schedule lanthanum and your other medications.
Your doctor may tell you to follow a special diet to help lower your blood phosphate levels. Follow the diet closely.
Do not share this medication with others.
Laboratory and/or medical tests (such as blood phosphate and calcium levels) should be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects. Consult your doctor for more details.
If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose unless you have just eaten. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.
Information last revised July 2018.
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