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Lanthanum Carbonate

Molecule Description

Lanthanum Carbonate is used to decrease the high levels of blood phosphates in end-stage kidney disease.

Uses of Lanthanum Carbonate

It is used to lower the phosphate levels in the blood of adult patients with chronic kidney disease.

Contraindications of Lanthanum Carbonate

When should one not use Lanthanum Carbonate

  • Do not take this medicine if:
  • You are allergic to this medicine
  • You have low blood phosphate level

Side effects of Lanthanum Carbonate

Common side effects of this drug are:

  • Bowel wall rupture
  • Blockage in the bowel
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Itching or rash over skin
  • Headache
  • Stomach pain
  • Acidity
  • Gas formation
  • Loose motions
  • Decrease blood calcium level

Precautions and Warnings of Lanthanum Carbonate


Can I take Lanthanum Carbonate during pregnancy?
It is not safe to take this medicine during pregnancy as it can harm an unborn baby. Doctor's advice is necessary.

Breast Feeding

Can I take Lanthanum Carbonate while breastfeeding?
No data available whether this medicine passes into breast milk or not. Therefore avoid this medicine during breastfeeding.


Can I drive if I have consumed Lanthanum Carbonate?
It may interfere with driving ability. You can feel dizziness or head spinning.


Can I consume alcohol with Lanthanum Carbonate?
No information is available on interactions of Lanthanum Carbonate when taken with alcohol, consult your doctor or pharmacist for further details.

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
  • You have stomach or intestinal ulcers or cancer
  • You are suffering from inflammatory bowel disease
  • You have blockage or decrease in motility of bowel
  • You have liver or kidney disease

Mode of Action of Lanthanum Carbonate

How Does It Work?

Lanthanum Carbonate prevents the absorption of phosphates by binding to it, allowing their removal from the body and reducing the damage they do to the kidneys in end-stage kidney diseases.

Interactions of Lanthanum Carbonate

Interactions with other medicines

  • Chloroquine (malaria), Ketoconazole (for fungal infections), Tetracycline or Doxycycline antibiotics should not be taken 2 hours before or after taking Lanthanum Carbonate
  • Oral Fluoroquinolone antibiotics (including Ciprofloxacin, 2 hours before or 4 hours after taking this medicine)
  • Levothyroxine (for an underactive thyroid) should not be taken 2 hours before or after taking Lanthanum Carbonate

Interactions with food items

It is advisable to take the medicine with or after a meal.

Dietary Restrictions of Lanthanum Carbonate

No information is available on dietary restrictions while you are taking this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist for further details.

Dosage of Lanthanum Carbonate


If you happen to take an overdose of the medicine, kindly seek emergency medical care immediately. The symptoms of overdose can be headache, nausea, stomach pain, etc.

Missed a Dose

If you miss a dose, take the next dose along with a meal. Do not double the dose.

Content Details


Dr. Rukman Mecca

MBBS, MD (Community Medicine)


Dr. Ritu Budania

MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q: What should I discuss with my healthcare expert before taking Lanthanum Carbonate?

  • Inform the doctor about your detailed medical & surgical history
  • Inform your physician if you have any of the following conditions -
  • Stomach ulcer
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Severe constipation
  • Ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease
  • Stomach or intestinal cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Teeth problems
  • If you are pregnant, lactating or planning a pregnancy

Q: What precautions should I follow while taking this medicine?

A: If you are taking a diet rich in phosphate, your dose of medicine has to be increased. Consult your doctor for advice.
Last Updated on: 05 Oct 2020 | 10:47 PM (IST)

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