ACETYLCYSTEINE EFFERVESCENT TABLET - ORAL
PHONETIC PRONUNCIATION: (a-SEET-il-SIS-teen)
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Cetylev
GENERIC NAME(S): acetylcysteine
USES: This medication is used to prevent liver damage from acetaminophen overdose.
How to use ACETYLCYSTEINE EFFERVESCENT TABLET - ORAL
HOW TO USE: Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start taking acetylcysteine. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Take this medication only by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually every 4 hours for the number of prescribed doses. The dosage is based on your weight, medical condition and response to treatment. Dissolve the prescribed number of tablets in water. If you weigh more than 42 pounds (19 kilograms) but less than 132 pounds (60 kilograms), use 5 ounces or 150 milliliters of water. If you weigh 132 pounds or more, use 10 ounces or 300 milliliters. After the tablets are fully dissolved, drink the solution right away. Once dissolved in water, this medication should be taken within 2 hours. If you weigh 42 pounds or less, ask your doctor how much water you should use to dissolve the tablets. Follow your doctor's directions and carefully measure the prescribed dose using a special measuring device/spoon. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose. Tell your doctor if you vomit within 1 hour after taking your medication. You may need to take another dose. Remember to take each of the prescribed doses of this medication to get the most benefit from it. Tell your doctor if your condition gets worse.
SIDE EFFECTS: Nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain may occur. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects. Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: severe stomach/abdominal pain, black stools, vomit that looks like coffee grounds. A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist. In the US - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch. In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
PRECAUTIONS: Before taking acetylcysteine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: bleeding in your esophagus, stomach/intestinal problems (such as ulcers). This medication contains sodium. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you are on a salt-restricted diet or if you have a condition that could get worse if you eat more salt (such as heart failure, high blood pressure). Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before using this medication. It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.
OVERDOSE: If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.
IMPORTANT: HOW TO USE THIS INFORMATION: This is a summary and does NOT have all possible information about this product. This information does not assure that this product is safe, effective, or appropriate for you. This information is not individual medical advice and does not substitute for the advice of your health care professional. Always ask your health care professional for complete information about this product and your specific health needs.