This information does not take the place of talking with your doctor about your medical condition or your treatment.
Veltassa may affect other medicines taken by mouth if they are taken too close together. This can cause you to have too little of other medicines in your body, which may affect the way your other medicines work. Take Veltassa at least 6 hours before or at least 6 hours after any other medicine taken by mouth.
Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show your doctor and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.
Do not take Veltassa if you are allergic to patiromer sorbitex calcium or any of the ingredients in Veltassa.
Before you take Veltassa, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
have problems having a bowel movement, including if you have severe constipation, a blockage (obstruction) in your bowel, or dry hard stool that will not pass out of your rectum (impaction)
have problems with your bowels after bowel surgery
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements. See "What is the most important information I should know about Veltassa?"
Veltassa may cause serious side effects, including:
See "What is the most important information I should know about Veltassa?"
Low levels of magnesium in your blood (hypomagnesemia). Low levels of magnesium in the blood can occur when taking Veltassa. Your doctor will check the magnesium levels in your blood during treatment with Veltassa and may prescribe a magnesium supplement.
The most common side effects of Veltassa include: constipation, diarrhea, nausea, stomach-area (abdominal) discomfort, and gas.
Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or does not go away.
These are not all of the possible side effects of Veltassa. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Do not take Veltassa for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give Veltassa to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them. You can ask your doctor or pharmacist for information about Veltassa that is written for health professionals.
Take Veltassa exactly as your doctor tells you to take it. Your doctor may change your dose if needed.
To mix a dose of Veltassa:
Take Veltassa 1 time a day with food.
Mix Veltassa with water only. Do not take Veltassa that has not been mixed with water.
Do not heat, microwave, or add Veltassa to heated foods or liquids.
Prepare each dose of Veltassa separately.
Follow the diet that your doctor has prescribed for you.