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   Acetylcysteine

Acetylcysteine
(oral) (liquid)


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

 
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Acetylcysteine

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



How To Use
  • APPEARANCE: Liquid. This medicine will be given to you while you are in the hospital.
  • It works best when it is given within 16 hours after the overdose.
  • The more time that goes by after the overdose, the less effective the medicine will be in protecting your liver. A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine. This medicine will be mixed with diet cola or other diet soft drink right before you take it.
  • Drink the medicine immediately after it is mixed. In most cases, you will receive a total of 17 doses of this medicine about 4 hours apart.
  • If you vomit within 1 hour after taking your medicine, you will need to take another dose to make up for it.

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. Rash with a fever. Severe or ongoing vomiting.

Precautions
  • Because an overdose of acetaminophen is very serious, there is no reason why this medicine should not be used.


Drug Interactions
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding, or if you have kidney disease or liver disease.
  • Tell your doctor if you have an ulcer or other stomach problems.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you have had an allergic reaction to any medicine. Your doctor will need to check your blood on a regular basis while you are in the hospital.

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