PhosLo, better known as calcium, is a mineral that the body requires to perform numerous basic functions. Some patients take PhosLo to build or maintain their bone density, depending on their age, while others take it to control levels of phosphate in the body as a result of kidney failure. PhosLo is available in numerous forms and under the brand names, Calphron, PhosLos, and PhosLo Gelcap. PhosLo successfully removes excess phosphate by binding to the molecules and rendering them useless.
Patients with high amounts of calcium in their blood should not take PhosLo. Before starting this supplement, have your calcium levels checked since too much calcium can cause illness. Patients taking digoxin also should not take calcium supplements.
The FDA placed PhosLo and calcium based supplements in pregnancy risk category C. This means it is possible that this medication will cause harm to an unborn baby. It has not been determined if PhosLo will cause harm to a nursing baby. Women who are pregnant, could become pregnant, or are nursing should discuss the risks of taking this supplement along with their nutritional needs with their doctor.
This medication is recommended to be taken with meals as prescribed. Patients should also have their blood tested regularly to be sure that the medication is not doing any harm. Some patients need to keep a food diary to help judge the amount of calcium they are receiving through their diet.
In the event a patient misses a dose, it can be taken when it is remembered. Some patients need to take PhosLo with food and may prefer to skip the missed dose. If there isn't much time between doses, the missed dose should be skipped and resume with the next regular dose. Patients need to avoid taking double doses, as this can lead to an overdose.
Too much calcium in the blood can cause an overdose and should be treated as a medical emergency. Side effects of too much calcium in the blood include dry mouth, constipation, confusion, feeling thirsty, a frequent need to urinate, nausea, lack of appetite, fainting, coma, and death.
Patients should not take antacids with PhosLo unless their physician has specifically instructed them to.
Allergic reactions to this medication require immediate medical attention and include skin edema of the face, lips, mouth, tongue, and throat, hives, and difficulty breathing.
Less serious side effects include constipation, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, loss of appetite, increased thirst, and significant increase in voiding. These side effects should be discussed with your doctor. If they are particularly bothersome, seek immediate medical attention.
Some medicaments may cause negative interactions when taken with PhosLo. Patients should not take additional medicaments without conferring with their doctor first. Medications like demeclocycline, tetracycline, doxycycline, and minocycline can cause severe negative interactions. Some patients will be able to handle a simple dosage adjustment while others will not be able to handle the combination. Consult with your doctor to determine the best course of action for you and your situation.
Phoslo has the following structural formula:
• Molecular formula of phoslo is C4H6CaO4
• Molecular weight is 158.17 g/mol
• Molecular weight is 158.17 g/mol
Generic name: Calcium
Brand name(s): Brown Acetate, Calac, Calcium Diacetate, Electrovite, Gray Acetate, Hyperlyte, Lime Acetate, Lime Pyrolignite, Procalamine, Sorbo-calcian, Sorbo-calcion, Teltozan, Vinegar salts
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