tiopronin - oral, Thiola
GENERIC NAME: TIOPRONIN - ORAL (tie-oh-PRO-nin)
BRAND NAME(S): Thiola
USES: This medication is used to prevent kidney stones in patients with a certain inherited disorder (cystinuria). Cystinuria occurs when there is too much of a certain natural substance (the amino acid cystine) in the urine, leading to formation of kidney stones. Tiopronin works by making cystine more dissolvable in the urine.This medication is usually used only after other methods are not successful in preventing kidney stones (e.g., drinking plenty of water, alkali therapy, special diet) or when patients cannot take the usual medication (d-penicillamine) for cystinuria.
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals, usually 3 times daily or as directed by your doctor.Continue to drink plenty of water (e.g., 2 glasses of water with each meal, at bedtime, and during the night) and to take the alkali medication (e.g., potassium citrate) as directed by your doctor. Closely follow the diet recommended by your doctor.Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. In children, the dose is also based on weight.Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same times each day.Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014
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