Your doctor may have told you that you have high levels of potassium in your blood (also known as hyperkalemia). High potassium can cause health issues, including serious heart problems, for some people. The good news is that it can be treated.
VELTASSA is a sodium-free prescription medication used to treat high potassium. Taken once daily, a dose of VELTASSA can help reduce high potassium in the blood, and keep levels lower over time. It is not known if VELTASSA is safe or effective in children.
K is the scientific symbol for potassium
VELTASSA binds with potassium in your gastrointestinal tract, primarily in the colon, or large intestine, where excess potassium is most common. Then, both the potassium and VELTASSA pass through and are removed from your body. VELTASSA is not absorbed by your body.
In a study, VELTASSA began reducing levels of potassium within hours, and potassium levels returned to a normal range within 2 days. Individual results may vary.
VELTASSA is available by prescription only. Talk to your doctor to see if VELTASSA is right for you.
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Watch the "How to take VELTASSA" video below
Take VELTASSA exactly as your doctor tells you to take it. Your doctor may change your dose if needed. Your doctor will check your potassium levels during treatment with VELTASSA.
Check the VELTASSA carton and packets once you receive your medication. Make sure the name “VELTASSA” is on the carton and packets. Call your doctor or pharmacist immediately and do not use medication if the seals on the carton are broken or missing OR if the expiration date on the carton or packets has passed.
Measure 1/3 cup of water in a measuring cup. Pour half of the water into an empty drinking glass. Pour all of the VELTASSA packet contents into the drinking glass with water.* Stir the mixture well.
Pour the rest of the water from the measuring cup into the drinking glass containing the mixture. Stir the mixture well. The powder will not dissolve and the mixture will look cloudy. If the mixture is too thick, you can add more water.
Drink the mixture right away. If any powder is left in the glass after drinking, add more water, stir the mixture, and drink the remaining mixture right away. Repeat as needed to make sure you take your entire dose of VELTASSA.
*You may need more than 1 packet of VELTASSA for your prescribed dose.
Make sure to follow the dosing instructions prescribed by your doctor.
The recommended minimum amount of water for VELTASSA dose preparation is 1/3 cup (about 3 ounces).
The specified starting amount of water for all doses is about half of 1/3 cup. The remaining water should be added after stirring the powder in the starting amount of water.
This information does not take the place of talking with your doctor about your medical condition or your treatment.
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
Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show your doctor and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements.
Veltassa may cause serious side effects, including:
Low levels of magnesium in your blood (hypomagnesemia). Low levels of magnesium in the blood can happen 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.
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.
The risk information provided here is not comprehensive. To learn more, talk about Veltassa with your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Please see full Prescribing Information.