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|US Brand Name||Foseal|
The active ingredient in Foseal 400 mg tablet is Sevelamer, which reduces serum phosphorous levels in the blood. Sevelamer adheres phosphate from food in the digestive tract to control hyperphosphatemia (high blood phosphate levels) in adult patients on dialysis. It can also be given to patients with chronic kidney disease who are not on dialysis. Your doctor may prescribe Foseal tablets in combination with other medicines such as vitamin D and calcium supplements to prevent the development of bone disorders. High levels of phosphorous in the bloodstream can cause a hard deposit in your body called calcification. This deposition ultimately leads to no stiffening of blood vessels, making it harder to pump blood around the body. The symptoms of increased serum phosphate levels include red eyes, itchy skin, and fractures.
You must take Foseal tablets as prescribed by your doctor. Generally, the dose is based on the level of phosphorous in your blood. The usual recommended dose for adults and elderly patients is one to two tablets of 400 mg with each meal thrice daily. Your dosing regimen may differ from the one given here. Therefore, consult your doctor for the correct dosing regimen. Swallow the tablet with enough water. Do not chew crush the tablet. Patients receiving Sevelamer therapy should adhere to their prescribed diets.
Do not take Foseal 400 mg tablet in the following conditions:
- If you have a bowel obstruction
- If you have low levels of phosphate in your bloodstream
- If you are hypersensitive or sevelamer or to any of the other ingredients of this medicine.
You should talk to your doctor while taking Sevelamer if you experience severe abdominal pain, intestine disorders, or blood in the stool. These symptoms could be an indication of a serious inflammatory disease. Contact your doctor if you can continue the treatment or not.
Also, let your doctor know if any of the following applies to you:
- If you have swallowing problems
- If you have prolonged diarrhoea or pain in the abdomen
- If you are on dialysis
- If you have problems with movement
- If you have undergone major surgery on your stomach
Common side effects include vomiting, nausea, indigestion, abdominal pain, constipation, flatulence, and diarrhoea. If you get any of these side effects, please talk to your doctor.