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.

Taking once-daily VELTASSA

It’s important to take VELTASSA every day with or without food, as prescribed by your doctor. If you stop taking VELTASSA, even for a few days, your potassium levels can increase.*

*In a clinical study, patients who stopped taking VELTASSA experienced an increase in their potassium levels within 1 week.

How to prepare VELTASSA

Mix

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.

Add

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

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.

The recommended minimum amount of water for VELTASSA dose preparation is 1/3 cup (about 3 ounces).††

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 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.

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What you need to know about taking VELTASSA

Be sure to take VELTASSA at least 3 hours before or 3 hours after any other medicine taken by mouth.

Do:

  • Prepare each dose of VELTASSA separately
  • Follow the diet that your doctor has prescribed for you
  • Mix VELTASSA with water only

Do not:

  • Do not take VELTASSA that has not been mixed with water
  • Do not heat, microwave, or add VELTASSA to heated food or liquids
  • Do not mix VELTASSA in a blender

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.

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Important facts about VELTASSA

  • Easy single-use packetsVELTASSA comes as a powder in single-use packets that you mix with 1/3 of a cup of water and drink.
  • Take it on the goAlthough VELTASSA should be refrigerated, you can store it outside of the refrigerator at room temperature for up to 3 months. That means you can travel or be away from your refrigerator and still keep up with treatment.
  • Color may varyVELTASSA is an off-white to light brown powder. The color may vary when mixed with water.
  • No taste or smellIn a small study, most people found that VELTASSA has no taste or smell.

Storing VELTASSA

Keep it in the refrigerator if you can
Temperatures in the refrigerator where VELTASSA is stored should be between 36°F to 46°F (or 2°C to 8°C).

Take it with you when you travel—even without refrigeration
You can keep VELTASSA without refrigeration for up to 3 months. VELTASSA may be stored at room temperature, between 73°F to 81°F (23°C to 27°C), for up to 3 months. VELTASSA must be used within 3 months of being taken out of the refrigerator. Do not use VELTASSA after the expiration date printed on the packet.

Avoid high temperatures
Do not expose VELTASSA to heat above 104°F (40°C).

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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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