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What is Veltassa?

Veltassa (patiromer) is a medication called a potassium binder, used for the treatment of hyperkalemia. Hyperkalemia is an overabundance of potassium in the blood, usually caused by kidney problems (often drugs that affect kidney function) or an overdose of potassium supplement. This can cause heart problems, even cardiac arrest. Veltassa binds to the excess potassium and helps the body eliminate it. Veltassa can also bind to other oral medications and make them ineffective, so it should be given at least 6 hours after and 6 hours before any other drug taken by mouth. Veltassa has a delayed onset, meaning it is not useful as an emergency overdose medication. Side effects may include constipation, diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain, magnesium deficiency, and gas. Veltassa is prescribed in packets of powder that should be refrigerated before use; it should be mixed into cool water to dissolve and taken with food once a day. 

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