NUTRITION: The Art of Good Eating
Tums, Calcium Carbonate, Phos-Lo, and Alucaps are some trade names for phosphate binders.
These pills bind the phosphorus in the foods you eat, reducing the amount of phosphorus that enters your blood. It is important to take your "binders" when you eat. If you forget to take them or skip a meal, it may be difficult to get your full binder dose. Check with your dietitian, doctor, nurse, or pharmacist to work out a "binder plan" that you can follow. Equally important are: (1) the total amount of binders taken each day and (2) taking them when you eat.
If you have trouble taking your binders, check the following helpful tips you might try:
When your phosphorus remains high, there are several things you can do to bring it down to normal. Check the suggestions you will try.
Even if you are following your diet and taking your binders, your phosphorus level may be high. Calcium and phosphorus may be out of balance in your body causing a problem called hyperparathyroidism (an overactive parathyroid gland). Your doctor can test for this problem and recommend treatment.
If these efforts fail to lower your blood phosphorus, it may be high for some medical reason. Ask your doctor.