Does your current phosphate
regimen weigh you down?
Lighten Your Day!
- Velphoro helps lower
serum phosphorus levels
- 1 chewable tablet per meal can help
lower your phosphorus levels
- Support may be available to help
you meet your coverage needs
Phosphorus builds up
Your kidneys filter fluid in the body to remove waste and turn it into urine. In this process, one of the things that is removed is phosphorus. Without working kidneys, phosphorus builds up in your blood, also known as hyperphosphatemia. While you may not feel any symptoms from hyperphosphatemia, it can affect your overall health.
Bringing Phosphorus Down
Dialysis, along with a diet that limits phosphorus, can help control the phosphorus levels in your blood. However, phosphorus usually cannot be lowered with dialysis and diet alone. Most patients on dialysis need to use a medicine called a phosphate binder, like Velphoro. Find out how Velphoro works.
Tracking your phosphorus
When you are on dialysis, your doctor will test your blood on a regular basis. One of the things the test results will show is your phosphorus level. If your level is not in the right range, your doctor may recommend changes in your diet and the use of a phosphate binder.
The National Kidney Foundation recommends that phosphorus levels be 3.5 to 5.5 mg/dL. Your healthcare professional may have a different goal for you. Ask your dialysis team about your phosphorus goal!
The “pill burden”
Do you have a large number of pills that you have to take every day? This can make it difficult for you to keep up with your medications. Some phosphate binder treatments call for up to 4 pills per meal to control phosphorus levels. Velphoro can help control phosphorus levels starting with 1 chewable tablet per meal.
How Velphoro Works
Velphoro is a phosphate binder that can help you reach your goal
- Velphoro works like a magnet—it attaches to phosphates in your body
- One source of phosphates is the phosphorus in your diet
- Once the phosphorus attaches to Velphoro, it passes through your digestive tract and is eliminated in the stool
Bringing phosphorus down
- When taken with meals as prescribed, Velphoro can help you reach and stay at your phosphorus goal
- In a year-long study with people who were taking Velphoro, phosphorus levels went down, on average by 2 mg/dL within 3 months. Phosphorus levels were controlled during the rest of the study
Velphoro has some side effects
- The most common side effects are discolored feces and diarrhea
- In a year-long study with people taking Velphoro, diarrhea was mild, happened soon after treatment began, and went away with continued treatment
Tell your healthcare professional if you have any side effect that bothers you or does not go away.
How to Take Velphoro
Lighten your day with Velphoro dosing!
Start with one chewable tablet per meal.
- Tablets are easy to chew and have a pleasant berry taste
- You may only need to take one chewable tablet with you when you go out for a meal
- In studies, most people reached their phosphorus goal with 3 to 4 tablets per day
Take Velphoro as prescribed
- Take it with meals
- Just chew and swallow—if needed, you can crush the tablets first
- No extra liquid needed
- Many medications can be taken with Velphoro but some cannot. Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and other supplements
If you miss a dose
- Velphoro only works when you eat a meal or snack, so a dose you miss can’t be replaced
- If you miss a dose, take Velphoro the next time you eat
Most patients have access to Velphoro
There are solutions in place to help most patients pay for their Velphoro prescriptions. Talk to your healthcare professional if you have trouble paying for your medications, or to find out if you qualify for any of our programs.
Velphoro Savings Card
- With the Velphoro Savings Card, most people pay $0 for their Velphoro prescription
- The card is available for patients with commercial insurance
To The Patient: You must present this card to the pharmacist along with your insurance card (if you have one) and your prescription (at each refill) to participate in this program. This card can only be used with new or existing valid prescriptions for Velphoro. Prescriber ID# required on prescription. This card is valid toward out-of-pocket expense only. Limit one (1) savings card per patient for Velphoro chewable tablets. To activate your card, please call 1-888-269-1665. See the back of the Savings Card for full Terms and Conditions.
Velphoro Patient Assistance Program
- You may be able to get a free supply of Velphoro if you can’t pay for your medications
- Ask your healthcare professional about the Velphoro Patient Assistance Program, or call 1-877-774-6756
Low income support
- Patients with Medicare and Medicaid* who are eligible for the low-income subsidy (LIS) may pay no more than $6.60 per Velphoro prescription
- Ask your HCP or your social worker if you qualify
*Dual-eligible includes Medicare/Medicaid patients or Medicaid patients who apply and qualify for Medicare Part D. These patients have a low out-of-pocket expense and are not subject to the coverage gap.
Velphoro is a phosphate binder for people with chronic kidney disease who are on dialysis.
Velphoro works like a magnet—it attaches to the phosphates in your body.
Velphoro should be taken at the same time as meals or snacks. Velphoro tablets must be chewed.
The recommended starting dose of Velphoro is 3 tablets per day, 1 tablet with each meal. However, you should follow your healthcare provider's instructions about how many Velphoro tablets to take.
Velphoro can cause side effects. The most common side effects are discolored feces and diarrhea.
Many medicines can be taken with Velphoro, but some cannot.
If you miss a dose, remember to take Velphoro the next time you eat.
Talk to your care team—they can work with you and your insurance provider to find out if you are eligible for a program that can make Velphoro affordable for you.
Brochure from the National Kidney Foundation about how to eat on special diets for patients with chronic kidney disease.
Brochure from the National Kidney Foundation to help patients on dialysis read and understand food labels to detect ingredients they should limit, such as phosphorus.
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