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Acetylcysteine
(injection) (injectable)


Helps prevent liver damage caused by an overdose of acetaminophen (Tylenol®).

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Acetylcysteine
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Uses
Helps prevent liver damage caused by an overdose of acetaminophen (Tylenol®).



How To Use
  • APPEARANCE: Injectable. This medicine will be given to you while you are in the hospital.
  • It is put directly into your body through one of your veins.
  • This is called intravenous, or IV. A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine. This medicine works best when given within 8 to 10 hours after the overdose. Usually, you will get a dose of the medicine right away.
  • Then, you will continue to get the medicine for about 20 hours.
  • During this time, you will be watched closely to make sure the medicine is working, and not causing unwanted side effects.

Side Effects
  • Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects: Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing. Chest pain. Facial flushing (redness), or rash. Redness, pain, or swelling where the IV is given. Swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet.

Precautions
  • You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to acetylcysteine.


Drug Interactions
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding, or if you have asthma or other breathing problems.

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