Treating electrolyte imbalances caused by kidney failure can be difficult, because many medicines lower some electrolyte levels while raising other levels. Your doctor may need to regularly monitor your electrolyte levels.
Calcium-containing phosphate binders, such as calcium acetate and calcium carbonate. They are used to raise levels of calcium and lower levels of phosphorus in the bloodstream. Phosphate binders that contain aluminum should be avoided, to prevent aluminum poisoning.
Non-calcium phosphate binders, which are calcium- and aluminum-free. Examples are sevelamer and lanthanum. They are also used to control serum phosphate and reduce PTH levels.
Vitamin D3, which may increase calcium levels and help store excess phosphate in bone. While taking vitamin D3, you will be watched closely for hypercalcemia.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerTushar J. Vachharajani, MD, FASN, FACP - Nephrology
Current as ofNovember 14, 2014
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