Acetylcysteine (Intravenous)

Generic name: acetylcysteine
Drug class: Antidotes, Mucolytics

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Acetylcysteine IV

Acetylcysteine (Intravenous)Acetylcysteine IV is given injections to assist in reducing or preventing the damage to the liver caused by an excess dose of acetaminophen.

Acetylcysteine should be administered only under the supervision of your physician.

Before taking acetylcysteine IV

When deciding whether to take a medication, the potential risks of using the medication should be evaluated against the benefits it can bring. It is a choice you as well as your physician make. In the case of acetylcysteine: must be taken into consideration:

Allergies

Pediatric

Geriatric

Breastfeeding

Interactions between medicines

Interactions with alcohol, tobacco, or food

Other medical conditions

How to use Acetylcysteine 

A nurse or another trained health professional will administer the drug acetylcysteine at a hospital. Acetylcysteine is administered via the needle that is placed into the vein inside yours.

Acetylcysteine is most effective when it is administered in the closest proximity to the time of an overdose of acetaminophen as is possible. The longer time passes through after an overdose more ineffective the drug is in protecting your liver.

Precaution when using acetylcysteine IV

A doctor is going to be able to check your progress regularly when you receive Acetylcysteine. This will enable your doctor to determine whether the medicine is functioning correctly and determine whether or not you should take it. It is possible to conduct blood tests to determine if there are any unwanted negative effects.

Acetylcysteine IV can trigger serious allergic reactions, such as anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency that must be attended to immediately. The most dangerous symptoms of this reaction are rapid and irregular breathing patterns, frequently gasping for air or difficulty breathing, lightheadedness, fainting, or dizziness.

Other indicators include feeling warmth or redness on the neck, face arms, or the upper chest area, very rapid but irregular heartbeats or pulses as well as hive-like swellings that appear on the skin, as well as swelling or puffiness of the eyelids and within the eyelids. If you experience any of these reactions you should seek medical attention immediately.

Dosage and administration

Assessment of Pre-Treatment Following An ingestion:

acetylcysteine ivTake a serum or plasma sample to test for the acetaminophen level at least four hours after the ingestion.

Storage and preparation of dilute Solution prior to Administration:

Recommended Dosage for Children and Adults:

Consistent Supratherapeutic Acetaminophen Ingestion

Acetylcysteine IV side effects

In addition to its beneficial effects, some medicines may produce unwanted side negative effects. Although not all negative side effects are likely to occur, if they occur, they might require medical attention.

Talk to your doctor or nurse right away when any of these adverse reactions occur:

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Certain side effects can be experienced which usually don’t require medical treatment. These side effects can be eliminated when your body adjusts the medication. Additionally, your health professional could be able to inform you of ways to avoid or minimize certain adverse effects. Consult your doctor for any of these symptoms persist or become troubling or if there are any concerns about these:

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Other adverse side effects that are not listed can also occur in certain patients. If you experience any other side effects, you should consult with your physician.

Contact your physician for advice from a medical professional regarding adverse effects. You can report symptoms to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Always consult your doctor to make sure the information presented on this page is applicable to your particular situation.

 

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