- It is used to lower high phosphate levels.
- If your child has an allergy to this drug or any part of this drug.
- If your child is allergic to any drugs like this one or any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell the doctor about the allergy and what signs your child had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If your child has a bowel block.
- Tell all of your child’s health care providers that your child is taking this drug. This includes your child’s doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Have your child’s blood work checked often. Talk with your child’s doctor.
- Have your child follow the diet plan your child’s doctor told you about.
- This drug may affect how much of some other drugs are in the body. If your child is taking other drugs, talk with the doctor. Your child may need to have blood work checked more closely while taking this drug with other drugs.
- Bowel block and holes in the GI (gastrointestinal) tract have happened with this drug. Talk with the doctor.
If your child is pregnant or breast-feeding a baby:
- Talk with the doctor if your child is pregnant, becomes pregnant, or is breast-feeding a baby. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug.
- Some people have had the tablet get stuck in their throat. This has led to the need to go to the hospital and get treatment. Tell your child’s doctor if your child has had trouble swallowing in the past.
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Very hard stools (constipation).
- Very upset stomach or throwing up.
- Very bad belly pain.
- Trouble swallowing.
- Belly pain.
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
- Hard stools (constipation).
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Give this drug with meals.
- To gain the most benefit, do not miss giving your child doses.
- Keep giving this drug to your child as you have been told by your child’s doctor or other health care provider, even if your child feels well.
- This drug prevents many other drugs taken by mouth from getting into the body. If you take other drugs by mouth, take them at least 3 hours before or after this drug. If you are not able to do this, talk with your doctor.
- Have your child swallow tablet whole. Do not let your child chew, break, or crush.
- If you are using half or all of the 0.8 g packet, mix with 2 tablespoons (30 mL) of water. If you are using the 2.4 g packet, mix with 4 tablespoons (60 mL) of water. Stir and have your child drink within 30 minutes. Powder will not melt.
- You may also mix packet contents with a small amount of food or drink. Give to your child within 30 minutes of mixing. Do not heat the powder or add to heated foods or drinks.
- Give a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your child’s next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your child’s normal time.
- Do not give 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
- Store at room temperature.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
- If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
- Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
- Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
- Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your child’s doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.