Renagel is known as a phosphate binder, which means that it regulates phosphorous and calcium levels in the body. It is often used for people with calcium deficiencies related to kidney disease, and comes as an oral pill. It also sells in its generic form, under the name Sevelamer. A valid prescription is required to start using this medication. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Renagel can be used to treat a condition called hypocalcemia, which develops when there is too little calcium in the blood. Hypocalcemia tends to manifest as a secondary condition related to kidney disease or kidney failure. This is because kidney disease causes your body to overproduce phosphorous and excess amounts of phosphorous decrease calcium levels. Decreasing blood phosphate levels can help keep your bones strong and prevent unsafe buildup of minerals in your body. Renagel works by holding onto phosphate from the diet so that it can pass out of your body.
Ask your doctor about potential risks with taking Renagel while you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast feeding. To determine if Renagel is safe for you to take, tell your doctor about other medical conditions you have, especially: stomach or intestinal problems; swallowing problems; slow digestion; severe constipation; recent stomach or intestinal surgery. Be sure to provide a complete list of current OTC medications or Rx drugs you take, including herbal remedies and dietary or vitamin supplements.
During treatment, you will need to avoid calcium supplements and other mineral supplements. Your doctor may request regular lab tests while taking Renagel to monitor your condition. Do not share Renagel, or any medications, with others. Keep out of children’s reach and away from pets.