Take this medicine exactly as directed by your doctor. 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.
Chew the tablet. Do not swallow it whole. You may also crush the tablet.
Take this medicine with meals.
If you are using acetylsalicylic acid, cephalexin, or doxycycline, take them at least 1 hour before taking this medicine.
If you are using levothyroxine, take it at least 4 hours before taking this medicine.
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 (chewable tablets):
For control of phosphorus levels in patients with chronic kidney disease on dialysis:
Adults—500 milligrams (mg) 3 times a day with food. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 3000 mg per day.
Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
If you miss a dose of this medicine, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.
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Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.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.