HOW TO TAKE LOKELMA

Water Guidelines While Taking LOKELMA
  • Fill a drinking glass with approximately 3 tablespoons of water or more if desired
  • Empty the entire contents of the LOKELMA packet(s) into the glass. Stir well and drink immediately
  • If powder remains in the glass, add water, stir, and drink immediately. Repeat until no powder remains
  • If desired, LOKELMA can be taken with or without food
  • If you have been prescribed other oral medications, you may need to take them 2 hours before or 2 hours after taking LOKELMA as your doctor prescribed
  • LOKELMA may affect how some oral medicines work
  • Tell your doctor or pharmacist about all your medications, including prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements
  • Do not take LOKELMA on dialysis days. Please consult your doctor on how to take LOKELMA

LOKELMA is tasteless and odorless

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YOUR LOKELMA PRESCRIPTION

It is important that you take LOKELMA exactly as prescribed for as long as your doctor prescribes it. If you do not understand the prescription you have been given, please ask your doctor or nurse right away.

For patients not on dialysis:

  • For your initial treatment, take one 10-g packet three times a day for the first two days
  • Once you have completed the initial 2 days of treatment, take one 10-g packet once daily to help maintain lower potassium levels
  • Your doctor may monitor your potassium level and adjust your dose. Take LOKELMA as directed by your doctor
LOKELMA Initial Treatment Dose: Take One 10-g Packet 3x/Day for up to 28 hr
LOKELMA Maintenance Therapy Dose: Take One 10-g Packet 1x/Day

For patients who are on dialysis:

  • Do not take LOKELMA on dialysis days
  • Tell your doctor if you suddenly feel sick such as decreased oral intake of food or fluids or diarrhea, as you may be at risk of developing low levels of potassium in your blood while on LOKELMA; therefore, your dose of LOKELMA may need to be adjusted
  • Your doctor may monitor your potassium level and adjust your dose. Take LOKELMA as directed by your doctor

HOW LOKELMA MAY HELP YOU

LOKELMA is a prescription medicine for adults with hyperkalemia.

HOW LOKELMA WORKS

  • LOKELMA is not absorbed in the body. It binds excess potassium in the intestines and removes the potassium from the body

TAKING LOKELMA WITH OTHER MEDICATIONS

LOKELMA 2 Hours Before or After with Other Medications

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements. LOKELMA may affect how some oral medicines work. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you need to take LOKELMA 2 hours before or after other oral medicines.

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING I SHOULD KNOW ABOUT LOKELMA?

LOKELMA can cause swelling (edema) caused by fluid retention in your body (such as hands, ankles, feet).

  • LOKELMA contains 400 mg of sodium in each 5 g dose. Watch for signs of swelling in your body, especially if you limit sodium in your diet or are likely to have fluid retention in your body due to heart or kidney problems. Your doctor may tell you to reduce the sodium in your diet
  • If you are not on dialysis, your doctor may also tell you to increase the dose of your diuretic

If you are a hemodialysis patient:

  • Do not take LOKELMA on dialysis days
  • Tell your doctor if you suddenly feel sick such as decreased oral intake of food or fluids or diarrhea, as you may be at risk of developing low levels of potassium in your blood while on LOKELMA; therefore, your dose of LOKELMA may need to be adjusted

ARE THERE SIDE EFFECTS WHEN TAKING LOKELMA?

The most common side effect of LOKELMA is swelling in your body caused by fluid retention. Tell your doctor if you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away.

WHAT SHOULD I TELL MY DOCTOR BEFORE TAKING LOKELMA?

Before taking LOKELMA, tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, including

  • problems having a bowel movement, including severe constipation, a blockage (obstruction) in your bowel, or dry hard stool that will not pass out of your rectum (impaction)
  • problems with your bowels after surgery

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What is the most important thing I should know about LOKELMA?

LOKELMA can cause swelling (edema) caused by fluid retention in your body (such as hands, ankles, feet).

  • LOKELMA contains 400 mg of sodium in each 5 g dose. Watch for signs of swelling in your body especially if you limit sodium in your diet or are likely to have fluid retention in your body due to heart or kidney problems. Your doctor may tell you to reduce the sodium in your diet.
  • If you are not on dialysis, your doctor may also tell you to increase the dose of your diuretic.

If you are a hemodialysis patient:

  • Do not take LOKELMA on dialysis days.
  • Tell your doctor if you suddenly feel sick such as decreased oral intake of food or fluids or diarrhea, as you may be at risk of developing low levels of potassium in your blood while on LOKELMA; therefore, your dose of LOKELMA may need to be adjusted.

What should I tell my doctor before taking LOKELMA?

Before taking LOKELMA, tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, including

  • problems having a bowel movement, including severe constipation, a blockage (obstruction) in your bowel, or dry hard stool that will not pass out of your rectum (impaction).
  • problems with your bowels after surgery.

What are the most common side effects with LOKELMA?

The most common side effect of LOKELMA is swelling in your body caused by fluid retention. Tell your doctor if you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away.

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements. LOKELMA may affect how some oral medicines work. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you need to take LOKELMA 2 hours before or after other oral medicines.

APPROVED USE

LOKELMA is a prescription medication for the treatment of high levels of potassium in the blood (hyperkalemia) in adults.

Please see the full Prescribing Information for LOKELMA.

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