calcium acetate, Phoslyra, PhosLo, Eliphos

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

GENERIC NAME: Calcium acetate

BRAND NAME: Phoslo Gelcaps, Eliphos, Phoslyra




USES: Calcium acetate is used for reducing blood phosphate levels in people with end-stage kidney disease on dialysis who have high phosphate levels.


Common side effects of calcium acetate include:

Other side effects of calcium acetate include:

Possible serious side effects of calcium acetate include:

Patients who have hypercalcemia should not receive calcium acetate.

Patients with end-stage kidney failure on dialysis may develop hypercalcemia if they take calcium with meals. No other calcium supplements should be used while taking calcium acetate.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/13/2016
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