Velphoro

(sucroferric oxyhydroxide)

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Lowers phosphate levels.

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Velphoro (sucroferric oxyhydroxide) is a great phosphate binder for people with chronic kidney disease on dialysis.

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Quick facts about Velphoro
  • Drug class: Renal
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • Similar medications need up to 4 pills per meal to work. You may only need to take 1 tablet of Velphoro (sucroferric oxyhydroxide) per meal.
  • Velphoro (sucroferric oxyhydroxide) tablets taste like berries.
  • Patients find Velphoro (sucroferric oxyhydroxide) as chewable as Tums, and easier to chew than Fosrenol.
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Downsides

  • Velphoro (sucroferric oxyhydroxide) must be taken with meals, so you can't replace a dose that you miss. If you miss a dose, take Velphoro (sucroferric oxyhydroxide) the next time you eat.
  • Velphoro (sucroferric oxyhydroxide) can interact with other medications. Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including vitamins and supplements.
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How it works

Velphoro (sucroferric oxyhydroxide) is a phosphate binder - it works like a magnet to pull phosphates from the food you eat and pass it through your stool.

Quick facts about Velphoro
  • Drug class: Renal
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Used for

  • Hyperphosphatemia in end stage renal disease

Dosage forms

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What to expect when you take Velphoro (sucroferric oxyhydroxide) for High phosphate levels

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  • Possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
  • Darkening of stools
  • Nausea
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Side effect rates for Velphoro (sucroferric oxyhydroxide)

From 707 clinical trials of Velphoro when taken for hyperphosphatemia
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    24%24%
  • Darkening of stools
    16%16%
  • Nausea
    10%10%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Velphoro.

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Risks and Warnings for Velphoro (sucroferric oxyhydroxide)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • History of peritonitis
    • History of stomach problems or had major stomach surgery
    • History of liver disease
    • History of iron accumulation

    Patients with peritonitis, stomach problems, liver disease, or issues with high iron levels were not studied in clinical studies with Velphoro (sucroferric oxyhydroxide). Your doctor will regularly check your iron levels since high iron levels can be dangerous.

Common concerns from people taking Velphoro (sucroferric oxyhydroxide)

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Interactions
  • Velphoro (sucroferric oxyhydroxide) can interact with other medications. Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including vitamins and supplements.
Food
  • Velphoro (sucroferric oxyhydroxide) only works when you eat a meal or snack. If you miss a dose, remember to take Velphoro (sucroferric oxyhydroxide) the next time you eat.