USES: This medication works in the lung to thin mucous, making breathing easier. It is used to treat thick mucous secretions in chronic emphysema, bronchitis, pneumonia, cystic fibrosis and other related conditions.
This medication works in the lung to thin mucous, making breathing easier. It is used to treat thick mucous secretions in chronic emphysema, bronchitis, pneumonia, cystic fibrosis and other related conditions. Notes
This medication is also used to prevent liver damage in cases of acetaminophen (Tylenol) poisoning.
Store unopened solution at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) away from heat and light.
Once opened, store the solution in the refrigerator and use within 96 hours.
The solution may change color, but will continue to be safe and effective if used within 96 hours after opening.
HOW TO USE THIS MEDICATION: This medication is inhaled into the lungs using special breathing (nebulizer) equipment.
A health care professional will demonstrate the proper way to use the equipment.
Make sure you understand and ask any questions you may have.
Use the solution as directed.
Do not increase your dose or take this more frequently than directed.
This medication may cause nausea, vomiting, runny nose, clamminess, fever and an unpleasant odor the first several days as your body adjusts to the medication.
If any of these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor.
Notify your doctor if you develop a rash, swelling of the mouth, mouth sores or breathing trouble while taking this medication.
If using a face mask, your face may feel sticky after use.
Wipe clean with water.
If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Tell your doctor if you have any pre-existing breathing disorders or any allergies.
This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy.
Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
It is not known if this medication appears in breast milk.
Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take.
Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
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is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, drug interactions
or adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use of a particular
drug is safe, appropriate or effective for you or anyone else. A healthcare professional
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discontinuing any course of treatment.