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Created: 2006-10-13 10:22:58.0
Modified: 2010-03-19 12:08:38.0
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Canadian Brand Names
Acetylcysteine Solution; Mucomyst®; Parvolex®
• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.
• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.
• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).
• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.
How does it work?
• Acetylcysteine thins fluids in the lungs.
• It prevents dangerous chemicals from forming.
How is it best taken?
• For inhaling (puffing) only as a liquid (solution) through a special machine (nebulizer) into the lungs.
• This medicine is given as a shot into a vein over a period of time.
• Mix with juice or soda and drink.
• Drink plenty of noncaffeine-containing liquid unless told to drink less liquid by healthcare provider.
How should I store this medicine?
• Store opened vials in a refrigerator. Throw away any unused portion after 4 days.
• This medicine will be given to you in a healthcare setting. You will not store it at home.
Mexican Brand Names
Antidote; Mucolytic Agent
Reasons not to take this medicine
• If you have an allergy to acetylcysteine or any other part of this medicine.
• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.
U.S. Brand Names
What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)
• Use a missed dose as soon as possible.
• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.
• Do not use a double dose or extra doses.
• Many times this medicine is taken on an as needed basis.
What should I monitor?
• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?
• Follow up with healthcare provider.