acetylcysteine - inhalation/oral (cont.)
HOW TO USE: If you are using this medication to treat lung disease, inhale this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor. A health care professional will show you the proper way to use this medication. Learn all preparation and usage instructions.You may notice a slight odor when you first breath in the medication. This odor will quickly go away. If you are using a face mask to breath in the medication, there may be some stickiness on your face after use. Wash your face with water to remove the stickiness.Do not mix acetylcysteine with other inhaled medications unless directed by the doctor or pharmacist.If you are taking this medication by mouth, take it as directed by your doctor. The solution is usually mixed with another liquid (such as cola) to decrease nausea and vomiting. Drink the medication within 1 hour of mixing.Tell your doctor if you vomit within 1 hour after taking your medication. You may need to take another dose.The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. For acetaminophen overdose, the dosage is also be based on your weight.Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
SIDE EFFECTS: Nausea and vomiting may occur. Mouth sores and runny nose may also occur if you are inhaling this medication by mouth. If any of these effects persist or worsen, 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.If you are taking this medication by mouth, tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: severe stomach/abdominal pain, black stools, vomit that looks like coffee grounds.If you are inhaling this medication by mouth, seek immediate medical attention if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: chest pain/tightness, trouble breathing.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention 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.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014
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