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Calcium Acetate Monohydrate

Why is this medication prescribed?
Calcium acetate monohydrate is used to control high blood levels of phosphorus in people with kidney disease who are on dialysis (medical treatment to clean the blood when the kidneys are not working properly). Calcium acetate monohydrate is in a class of medications called phosphate binders. It binds phosphorus that you get from foods in your diet and prevents it from being absorbed into your blood stream.

How should this medicine be used?
Calcium acetate monohydrate comes as a capsule, tablet, and a solution (liquid) to take by mouth. It is usually taken along with each meal (e.g., 3 times a day if you eat 3 meals a day) as directed by your doctor. Take calcium acetate monohydrate at around the same times every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take calcium acetate monohydrate exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
If you are using the solution, do not use a household spoon to measure your dose. Use the dosing cup that comes with the medication to measure your dose. Ask your pharmacist if you have any question about how much medication you should take or how to use the dosing cup.
Your doctor will probably adjust your dose based on your phosphorus blood levels, not more often than once every 2 to 3 weeks.
Ask your pharmacist or doctor for a copy of the manufacturer’s information for the patient.

What other information should I know?
Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor may order certain lab tests to check your body’s response to calcium acetate monohydrate.
Do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.

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