Lanthanum prevents the body from absorbing phosphate, allowing it to be removed from the body. Lanthanum carbonate is used for reducing phosphate levels in patients with end stage renal disease. High levels of phosphate can lead to complications with calcium absorption, resulting in serious medical problems. Lanthanum carbonate may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Fosrenol belongs to a class of drugs known as phosphate binders. Fosrenol is used to prevent the body of a patient from absorbing phosphate and to allow phosphate to be removed from the body. Fosrenol is used for reducing phosphate levels in patients at the end stages of renal disease.