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What are the side effects of phostat and Rocaltrol?

Q: I am a 53 years old male suffering from shrinking right side kidney. for the last two years. I took Ketosteril 2 TDS for one year. In the beginning Creatinin was 2 mg/dl and now it is 1.9 mg/dl. I am taking phostat and Rocaltrol daily for the last one year. For how long can I take phostat and Rocaltrol? Do these medicines have any side effect? I also have gastric problems for which I am taking Zintac. Can I take zintac along with phostat and rocaltrol?

A:You have chronic kidney disease (CKD) with less than 40% of normal kidney function at your age. As a result of CKD, you are prone to elevated phosphorous level and low vitamin D. This needs to be addressed with the appropriate medications like phostat (binds the phosphorous in your meal preventing its absorption) and Rocaltrol ( a type of vitamin D needed to replace the deficiency in your body) respectively. Unfortunately, most of these medications though safe and well tolerated by most patients can sometimes create symptoms of nausea and indigestion affecting the tolerability by the individual patient. I would encourage you to talk to your Nephrologist to adjust the medications based upon the individual side effects and certainly the cost since some of them are costlier than the ones you are on.

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