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Can I skip my phosphate binders if I'm eating out and on a kidney diet?

Eating out is a great way to take a break from cooking if you are on a kidney diet; however, it should not be used as an excuse for skipping your phosphate binders. To achieve good control of your phosphorus level, which is so important for maintaining healthy bones, you need to take your phosphate binder each time you eat. With a little planning, this doesn't have to be a problem.

Plan to take your medication with you. For women carrying a large purse, this may be as easy as dropping the bottle into your purse. However, more than likely, you will prefer to take along a small container with just the pills you need. A variety of pill boxes are available that slip easily into a pocket or small purse. If you are taking a liquid phosphate binder that might be difficult to carry, ask your doctor about prescribing a pill form to take with you when going out to eat.

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