cysteamine - oral, Cystagon

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GENERIC NAME: CYSTEAMINE - ORAL (sis-TAY-uh-meen)

BRAND NAME(S): Cystagon

Medication Uses | How To Use | Side Effects | Precautions | Drug Interactions | Overdose | Notes | Missed Dose | Storage

USES: This medication is used to help preserve kidney function and manage kidney damage and other problems in people with an inherited disorder that causes build-up of a certain natural substance (cystine) in the body (nephropathic cystinosis). Cystine build-up can cause problems such as kidney problems, slow growth, weak bones, and eye problems. Cysteamine helps the body get rid of cystine.

HOW TO USE: Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using cysteamine and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.Take this medication by mouth exactly as prescribed, usually 4 times a day or as directed by your doctor.Take this medication with food or just after a meal to reduce stomach upset. Do not give the whole capsule to children younger than 6 years. Instead, open the capsule and sprinkle the contents onto soft food such as applesauce or mashed potatoes. Eat all of the mixture immediately. Do not prepare a supply for future use.The dosage is based on weight, medical condition, and response to therapy. Your doctor may direct you to take a low dose at first, gradually increasing the dose to lower the chance of side effects such as upset stomach. Your doctor will adjust your dose based on your cystine levels to find the best dose for you. Follow your doctor's directions carefully.Take this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same times each day.

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