ACETYLCYSTEINE (a se teel SIS teen) is used after an acetaminophen overdose to prevent liver damage.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): CETYLEV
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
•stomach ulcer or varices
•an unusual or allergic reaction to acetylcysteine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
•pregnant or trying to get pregnant
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.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
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.
Interactions are not expected.
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your 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.
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):
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F).
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.
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