november 2002

Fosrenol tablets are only available on a Lanthanum carbonate hydrate
500 mg, 750 mg, 1000 mg
Chewable Tablets
Before you take FOSRENOL

Consumer Medicine Information
What is in this leaflet
When you must not take FOSRENOL
Please read this leaflet before you start
Do not take FOSRENOL if:
taking FOSRENOL.
• you are hypersensitive (allergic) to • you have too little phosphate in your This information is not intended to replace Before you start to take FOSRENOL
the advice of your health care professional. You must tell your doctor if:
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking • you have reduced liver function. It is possible that your liver will not be able expect it will have for you. If you have any
to "clean" FOSRENOL from your body concerns about taking FOSRENOL, ask
your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with the medicine. You
• you have or have had a stomach ulcer • you have or have had a blockage of the What FOSRENOL is used for
surgery, or infection or inflammation of “Phosphate” and is needed for building strong teeth and bones as well as keeping phosphate can build up in the blood. This If you have not told your doctor about
used to lower the amount of phosphate in any of the above, tell them before you
start taking FOSRENOL.
absorbing the phosphate from the food you Taking other medicines
digestive tract to be eliminated in your stool. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are
taking or have recently taken any other
medicines, even any that you buy
without a prescription from your
How to take it
pharmacy, supermarket or health food

FOSRENOL tablets must be chewed
completely and not swallowed whole.
those who have difficulty chewing you can FOSRENOL can affect the uptake of certain
medicines from the gut. Such medicines
When to take it
should be taken at least 2 hours before
or 2 hours after taking FOSRENOL. The
from the food in your gut. It is very
important to take FOSRENOL during or
immediately after every meal. If you eat
• ketoconazole (against fungal infections) • thyroxine (used for deficiency of thyroid doctor will tell you what to do in this case. How long to take it
Quinolone antibiotics such as
ciprofloxacin and norfloxacin should be
taken at least two hours before or four
hours after FOSRENOL.
If you forget to take it
It is important to take FOSRENOL with every meal. How to take FOSRENOL
If you forget to take your FOSRENOL,
Always take FOSRENOL exactly as your
then take the next dose with your next
doctor has instructed you.
meal. Do not take a double dose to
make up for forgotten doses.
pharmacist if you are unsure as to how you If you take too much (Overdose)
Immediately telephone your doctor or
How much to take
the Poisons Information Centre
(telephone 13 11 26) for advice, or go to
Your doctor will tell you how many tablets Accident and Emergency at the nearest
you must take with each meal (your daily hospital, if you think that you or anyone
dose will be divided between three meals). else may have taken too much
The number of tablets that you take will FOSRENOL. Do this even if there are no
To start with, the daily dose of FOSRENOL will usually be 1 tablet with each meal (3 While you are taking FOSRENOL
tablets per day). Your doctor will then check the level of phosphate in your blood and Things you must do
may then increase this dose to a level that Keep all of your doctor’s appointments
Dizziness and vertigo (a feeling of dizziness so your progress can be checked.
or “spinning”) are uncommon side effects reported by some patients taking Fosrenol. Tell all doctors, dentists and
If you experience these side effects it may pharmacists who are treating you that
you are having treatment with
FOSRENOL. Remind them if any new
medicines are about to be started, or if you Side effects
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon
as possible if you do not feel well whilst
If you need to have an x-ray of your
you are taking FOSRENOL
stomach or abdomen, please tell your
doctor that you are taking Fosrenol as it
may affect the results of the x-ray.
side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical attention if you get some of breastfeeding. It is uncertain whether or not FOSRENOL can affect the unborn child. Do not be alarmed by the following list of
If it is necessary for you to receive this side effects. You may not experience
medicine, your doctor will discuss the risks any of them.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the
If pregnancy occurs during your
following and they worry you:
treatment, you must immediately inform
your doctor.
Things you must not do
Do not use any other medicines while
taking FOSRENOL unless you have
discussed this with your doctor or
pharmacist. This includes medicines you
Do not use FOSRENOL to treat any
complaint other than directed by your
doctor. It may not be safe to use
You should always take
FOSRENOL during or immediately after
your food.
FOSRENOL should only be used by the
person for whom it was prescribed. Do
Hypocalcaemia (too little calcium in your not administer FOSRENOL to someone
blood) is also a common side effect. The else even if they have the same
condition as you. It may not be safe for
tingling in the hands and feet, muscle and abdominal cramps or spasms of the facial Things to be careful of
doctor if you have any of the symptoms described above. Product description
What FOSRENOL looks like
in the following strengths and pack sizes: • thinning of the bones (osteoporosis) ‘S405/500’ on one side (45 tablets per round, flat bevelled edge tablets embossed on one side with ‘S405’ above ‘750’ (15 Tell your doctor if you notice anything
tablets per bottle; 6 bottles per carton). else that is making you feel unwell.
Other side effects not listed above may also round, flat bevelled edge tablets embossed on one side with ‘S405’ above ‘1000’ (15 tablets per bottle; 6 bottles per carton). After using FOSRENOL
Keep your medicine in the original pack
substance in form of lanthanum carbonate until it is time to take it.
Keep FOSRENOL where children cannot
reach it. A locked cupboard at least one
Keep your medicine in a cool, dry place
where the temperature stays below 25°C.
Do not store FOSRENOL or any other
medicine in the bathroom or near a sink.
Do not leave it on a window sill or in the
car. Heat and dampness can destroy some
Do not take FOSRENOL after the expiry
date stated on the bottle label.
Ask your pharmacist what to do with any
unwanted medicine that is left over or if
the expiry date has passed.
FOSRENOL 500 mg, 2 bottles of 45 tablets FOSRENOL 750 mg, 6 bottles of 15 tablets AUST R 106962 FOSRENOL 1000 mg, 6 bottles of 15 tablets AUST R 106964 FOSRENOL® is a registered trademark of Shire Pharmaceutical Contracts Ltd, UK.



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