Proper Use

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Take this medicine exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. To do so may increase the chance of side effects.

You may take this medicine with or without food. Do not heat this medicine (eg, microwave) or add to heated foods or liquids. Do not take this medicine in its dry form.

To use:

  • Measure 1/3 cup of water. Pour half of the water into a glass.
  • Empty the entire contents of a packet into the glass. You may need more than 1 packet for your prescribed dose.
  • Stir the mixture well.
  • Pour the remaining water into the glass containing the mixture and stir thoroughly. The mixture will look cloudy and the powder will not dissolve. Add more water if the mixture is too thick.
  • Drink the mixture immediately.
  • If some powder remains in the glass, add more water, stir, and drink immediately. Repeat as needed to make sure you get your full dose.

If you are taking other medicines, use patiromer 3 hours before or 3 hours after these medicines. Patiromer may keep other medicines from working properly.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For oral dosage form (powder for suspension):
    • For treatment of hyperkalemia:
      • Adults—At first, 8.4 grams (g) once a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 25.2 g once a day.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

Store in the refrigerator. Do not freeze.

You may also store this medicine at room temperature but it must be used within 3 months of being taken out of the refrigerator.