Frequently Asked Questions
Several patents are currently pending for Albutrix.
All of the ingredients in Albutrix are from Current Good Manufacturing Practice ( CGMP) sometimes referred to as “GMP” manufacturers. Each ingredient comes with a certificate of analysis(COA). Everyone involved from our production partners to our shipping partner is also registered with the F.D.A.. In addition, to these procedures we test the final product to ensure quality standards are met and maintained.
Supplemental calcium has been proven to increase heart disease progression and specifically vascular calcification. Heart disease and vascular calcification is the number one killer of kidney patients today. As a kidney patient myself, I developed Albutrix because I have a strong family history of heart disease. I did not want to take any unnecessary supplemental calcium. This is important because most kidney patients start developing heart disease as early as stage 2 and in stage 3 kidney disease.
The best way to select is based on your magnesium levels from a recent blood test. If you are still unsure, then select the product with a lower amount of magnesium than your current GFR/eGFR. For example, if your GFR/eGFR is 40 and you have not had a recent blood test for magnesium levels, then you may want to choose Albutrix S4. After you have been tested, you can select the appropriate product.
Yes, the expectation is you will always want to take the product with the highest magnesium amount you can safely tolerate without exceeding the normal range. As your kidney function changes over the years, it is expected that you will change products from time to time. This allows you to ensure protein nutrition while controlling magnesium and calcium intake.
Large doses of magnesium can be bad for kidney patients. Single doses of 1,000 to 2,000 mg of magnesium should be avoided. This can occur with antacids or laxatives. Albutrix S3 contains the highest amount of magnesium, at 360 mg for six pills. This is below the recommended daily amount(RDA) of 420 mg. Six pills taken (two with each meal) equal 120 mg. Research shows that patients can tolerate 360 to 720 mg of magnesium if the dosage is spread over time or time released. Large single doses in excess of the recommended daily amount should be avoided.
Albutrix was formulated to make it easy for patients, doctors and caregivers to determine the proper dosage. Each pill is equal to approximately 5 grams of dietary protein. The normal recommendation is .8 grams of protein per kg per day. A 75 kg person would need 60 grams of protein per day. Assuming your dietary protein intake is 30 grams a day, the patient needs another 30 grams per day. 30 grams divided by 5 grams per pill equals 6 pills. It is recommended that you round up to ensure protein nutrition.
The normal range for serum albumin level is 3.4 to 5.4 g/dl. However, several studies have shown that albumin levels lower than 4.0 g/dl increases mortality rate. It has been proposed iif albumin could be raised to 3.8 g/l, 10,000 deaths might be prevented in the dialysis population.
Albumin is a very strong indicator for mortality rates for all patients.
Albumin levels are multifactorial. Inflammation, uremia and oxidative stress are also factors contributing to low albumin levels. All of these factors should be treated to increase albumin levels.
Albutrix is specifically designed to provide a form of kidney-friendly protein nutrition while raising albumin levels.
Yes. Again, this is part of the design. However, the dosage is different. If your albumin level is lower than 4.0 g/dl, Albutrix supplementation should increase your serum albumin numbers. Every case is different, but the starting recommendation is .033 grams per kg per day of Albutrix essential amino acids. A 75 kg person would start with 2.5 grams a day (rounded up) to increase albumin levels. This can be adjusted after ninety days.
Patients with normal kidney function can use dietary protein or supplemental essential amino acids to increase albumin levels. There is no need for patients with normal kidney function to use Albutrix.
No, Albutrix is a medical food. Medical foods are a special category of food designed to meet specific nutritional needs of a disease that diet alone cannot meet. In our case, our bodies have lost much of the ability to process the nitrogen and ammonia waste products from dietary protein.
Albutrix is registered with the Food and Drug Administration as a medical food product. Albutrix has been categorized as a food in other countries as well.
Medical foods are typically liquids and powders. However, a pill is used for several reasons.Keto acids are very bitter-tasting. It takes a large amount of artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and even sodium in some cases to make it palatable.
A coated pill offers several advantages. First, the taste is masked by the coating. This also eliminates or reduces the number of artificial ingredients consumed by the patient.
As an active person who works and travels, is it very hard to deal with foods
that are powders or liquids. Pills can be taken to work, on trips and just about anywhere. Mixing a powder at work, in the airport or on the road is very difficult. Pills also allow more exact dosing than powders, in our experience. Many times powder measurement is not exact, and some amount of the powder stays in the glass or blender.
Albutrix should be taken with meals, just like you would consume dietary protein. This gets us as close to our natural protein metabolism as possible. Albutrix can be taken on an empty stomach, but we feel the best practice is to consume it with meals.
Patients should have their serum calcium and magnesium levels tested regularly. Hypermagnesemia and hypercalcemia are hypothetical risks. It is important to select the correct Albutrix product for your current stage of kidney disease and health. You can change Albutrix products as needed, based on your latest blood tests. If you experience magnesium or calcium levels above the normal range, you should switch to an Albutrix product with a lower amount of magnesium and or calcium.
There is no reason to take Albutrix in the recommended amount if you are not on a low-protein diet of some kind. Taking the recommended amount of Albutrix and consuming a high-protein diet will only put an extra workload on your kidneys with no benefit to you.
Order and Shipping Information
Sales are through our website, www.albutrix.com. We are shipping worldwide for any patient who wants to try to slow or stop the progression of their disease. We cannot pay tariffs, and this varies country to country. We will work with you if this is an issue. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know about any issues you are facing. We will try to help in any way we can.
Yes and no. $199 per month is a higher price than we would like. We expect to reduce prices each year going forward. We are dedicated to keeping prices low and making the product available to any patient who wants to try to slow disease progression. In the past, U.S. patients might have tried going to Canada or Mexico to get lower prices on drugs. In many cases, the prices of drugs and medical foods are higher in the United States than in other countries.
As a patient-centered company run by a kidney patient, we took
a different approach. Going direct from “patient to patient.” This comparison may help give you some perspective on the dramatic cost savings by taking a different approach.
Shipping is free to just about anywhere in the world.
You may cancel your order anytime before it ships. You will receive an email before your monthly shipment. We guarantee that every product you purchase meets the highest quality standards. If you aren’t completely satisfied with any product(s) purchased within the last 30 days, return the unused portion to us for a full refund.
Albutrix is available as a one time purchase for $199.00.
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No. We offer Albutrix as a one-time purchase for $199.00 a month.
Our monthly subscription service is not only convenient so you don't have to remember to purchase every month but it also saves you money.