Medications


Acetylcysteine effervescent tablets

What is this medicine?

ACETYLCYSTEINE (a se teel SIS teen) is used after an acetaminophen overdose to prevent liver damage.

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is given by mouth in a hospital or clinic setting. In some situations, a health care provider may also put this medicine directly into the intestine through a tube.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Although this medicine may be used in an emergency even in very young children and infants, precautions may apply.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • signs and symptoms of bleeding such as bloody or black, tarry stools; spitting up blood or brown material that looks like coffee grounds

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • nausea

  • vomiting

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply. Your doses will be given to you in the hospital or clinic. It is very important to take all scheduled doses as directed until the treatment is complete.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F).

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • heart disease

  • kidney disease

  • stomach ulcer or varices

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to acetylcysteine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve or if you get worse. You will be carefully monitored during your treatment.


NOTE:This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider. Copyright© 2017 Elsevier
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