VELTASSA is a prescription medication used to treat high levels of potassium in your blood (hyperkalemia). It is not known if VELTASSA is safe and effective in children.

Important Safety Information

Who should not take VELTASSA?

Do not take VELTASSA if you are allergic to VELTASSA or any of its ingredients.

What should I tell my doctor before taking 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.

What are the possible side effects of VELTASSA?

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, low levels of magnesium, 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. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

The risk information provided here is not comprehensive and does not take the place of talking with your doctor about your medical condition or treatment. To learn more about VELTASSA, talk with your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Please see full Prescribing Information.

A low-potassium diet can help

If your kidneys are having trouble removing potassium from your body, eating foods that are high in potassium may make your condition worse. Avoiding potassium-rich foods can be a challenge since so many of the foods we eat contain potassium, but there are steps you can take. And keep in mind that even low-potassium foods should be eaten in moderation.

Take a look below for a variety of low-potassium recipes so you can make healthy snacks, meals, and desserts right at home. And make sure to check with your doctor before making any changes to your diet.

High-potassium foods

Here are some foods to avoid or limit in your diet:

  • Fruits

    Avocados, bananas, oranges, nectarines, kiwifruit, mangos, papayas, prunes, pomegranates

  • Vegetables

    Brussels sprouts, potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, tomatoes, spinach, beans and legumes, vegetable juices

  • Other

    Milk, yogurt, granola, nuts and seeds, peanut butter, salt substitute

Low-potassium foods

These are some foods you can include in your diet:

  • Fruits

    Apples, blueberries, pineapple, cherries, cranberries, grapes, pears, raspberries, strawberries

  • Vegetables

    Corn, cabbage (cooked), kale, carrots (cooked), cauliflower, celery, peas, cucumber, onions, eggplant, lettuce

  • Other

    Rice, noodles, pasta, bread (not whole grain), pies (without high-potassium fruit)

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Choose your favorite low-potassium recipes

We understand the importance of diet when managing your high potassium, so we’ve partnered with The American Association of Kidney Patients and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to offer these low-potassium recipes.

How to select and download recipes you can print:

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How much potassium is in your food? Read the label.

Find out how much potassium is in the foods you buy by reading the Nutrition Facts on the label. Potassium, like other nutrients, is listed as percentage of the Recommended Daily Allowance (or RDA). The RDA is for people who do not have health conditions like high potassium.

Did you know?
Healthy adults should have 3500 mg of potassium each day. Your needs may be different if you follow a low-potassium diet. Be sure to ask your doctor how much potassium you should have each day.

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VELTASSA is a prescription medication used to treat high levels of potassium in your blood (hyperkalemia). It is not known if VELTASSA is safe and effective in children.

Important Safety Information

Who should not take VELTASSA?

Do not take VELTASSA if you are allergic to VELTASSA or any of its ingredients.

What should I tell my doctor before taking 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.

What are the possible side effects of VELTASSA?

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, low levels of magnesium, 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. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

The risk information provided here is not comprehensive and does not take the place of talking with your doctor about your medical condition or treatment. To learn more about VELTASSA, talk with your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Please see full Prescribing Information.

VELTASSA is a prescription medication used to treat high levels of potassium in your blood (hyperkalemia). It is not known if VELTASSA is safe and effective in children.

Important Safety Information

Who should not take VELTASSA?

Do not take VELTASSA if you are allergic to VELTASSA or any of its ingredients.

What should I tell my doctor before taking 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.

What are the possible side effects of VELTASSA?

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, low levels of magnesium, 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. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

The risk information provided here is not comprehensive and does not take the place of talking with your doctor about your medical condition or treatment. To learn more about VELTASSA, talk with your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Please see full Prescribing Information.

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