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Veltassa (Patiromer)

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The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.

Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.


Your doctor may prescribe Veltassa to treat hyperkalemia- extra potassium in the bloodstream. Veltassa is classified as a potassium binder specifically designed to remove excess potassium from the body. 

Veltassa does not absorb into the body. It contains a calcium-sorbitol counterion that binds to potassium in the gastrointestinal tract. This binding process prevents the potassium from absorbing into the bloodstream. It is then excreted from the body.


The usual starting dosage of Veltassa is 8.4 grams once weekly as needed until the desired blood potassium level is achieved. Your doctor should measure blood levels of potassium to guide therapy.

Taking Veltassa at least 6 hours before or after other oral medications is recommended. The medication should be consumed with food and not be added to heated foods or liquids. 

It is important to follow the instructions provided by your doctor and consult your healthcare team before making any changes to the dosage or administration of Veltassa.


The active ingredient in Veltassa is patiromer.


The most common drug-drug interactions with Veltassa can include the following:

  • Bisoprolol
  • Carvedilol
  • Ciprofloxacin (Systemic)
  • Digoxin
  • Levothyroxine
  • Lithium
  • Mycophenolate
  • Nebivolol
  • Potassium supplements or other potassium-binding agents
  • QuiNIDine
  • Sodium polystyrene sulfonate
  • Telmisartan
  • Thiamine


Veltassa is not intended for emergency treatment of hyperkalemia. For severe hyperkalemia, call 911.

Before using Veltassa, inform your healthcare provider about any history of gastrointestinal disorders, swallowing difficulties, or other medical conditions that can affect how well this medication works in the gastrointestinal tract.

Gastrointestinal side effects, such as constipation or diarrhea, may occur with Veltassa, and if these symptoms continue or become worse, talk to your doctor.

Side Effects

Common side effects of Veltassa include:

  • Abdominal distress
  • Constipation 
  • Diarrhea
  • Flatulence
  • Hypokalemia 
  • Hypomagnesemia 
  • Nausea


  1. Veltassa [package insert]. Redwood City, CA: Relypsa; 2015.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

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