Discharge Instructions for Hyperphosphatemia

Discharge Instructions for Hyperphosphatemia

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Discharge Instructions for Hyperphosphatemia

You have been diagnosed with hyperphosphatemia, which means you have too much phosphorus in your blood. Phosphorus helps develop bones and teeth and helps control energy metabolism. Most cases of hyperphosphatemia are caused by other health problems, such as kidney disease.

Diet Changes

  • Keep track of how much fluid you drink.

    • Fill a gallon milk jug with water and keep it in your refrigerator.

    • Try to drink half of the water in the jug during the course of the day.

  • Limit your intake of milk, cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, and ice cream.

  • Limit your intake of meat, fish, poultry, eggs, and peanuts.

  • Avoid or eliminate soft drinks (soda pop).

  • Avoid foods and drinks that contain phosphorus or phosphates. Consult a dietitian as instructed by your doctor for a list of foods that are safe for you.

Other Home Care

  • Take all medications exactly as directed.

  • Take phosphorus-binding antacids with meals as prescribed by your doctor. These antacids bind to the phosphorus in food and prevent it from being absorbed.

  • Avoid over-the-counter medications that contain phosphorus, such as laxatives, enemas, and supplements. Read the labels before you purchase these products.

  • Keep all appointments for laboratory work and follow-up. Your doctor needs to monitor your condition closely.

  • Resume your normal activities as directed by your doctor.


Make a follow-up appointment as directed by our staff.


When to Call Your Doctor

Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following:

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea that is not relieved by antidiarrheal medication or by changing your diet

  • Constipation that lasts longer than 2 days

  • Chest pain

  • Shortness of breath