GENERIC NAME: CAFFEINE CITRATE - INJECTION (kaff-EEN SI-trate)
BRAND NAME(S): Cafcit
USES: This medication is used for the short-term treatment of a breathing problem (apnea) in premature infants. Caffeine blocks certain proteins (adenosine receptors) which lead to improved breathing in these infants.
HOW TO USE: This medication is given by vein intravenously (IV) usually once daily by a healthcare professional. The dosage is based on your infant's weight, medical conditions, and response to therapy. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. This product does not contain preservatives; discard any unused medicine after preparing the dose. Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Remember to use it at the same time each day. If your infant's condition persists or worsens, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
SIDE EFFECTS: Nausea, vomiting, stomach upset, headache, trouble sleeping, restlessness, poor feeding, rash, or dry skin may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: trouble breathing, vision changes, change in the amount of urine. In rare (sometimes, fatal) cases, this medication has been associated with a serious stomach condition (necrotizing enterocolitis). Tell your doctor immediately if your infant experiences the following: lack of energy (lethargy), severe vomiting, stomach/abdominal bloating (distension), bloody stool. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
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