Before you are given Acetylcysteine-Link Injection
When you must not be given it
Do not use Acetylcysteine-Link Injection if you have an allergy to:
Any medicine containing acetylcysteine
Any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet
Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction may include
shortness of breath, wheezing or difficulty breathing
swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body
rash, itching or hives on the skin
If you are not sure whether you should be given this medicine, talk to your doctor.
Before you are given it
Tell your doctor if you have allergies to any other medicines, foods, preservatives or dyes.
Tell your doctor if you have or have had any of the following medical conditions;
Asthma or difficulty breathing
Tell your doctor if you weigh less than 40 kilograms. Your doctor may have to adjust the amount of acetylcysteine you will receive.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant or are breastfeeding. Your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits involved.
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you are given Acetylcysteine-Link Injection.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor if you are using any other medicines, including any that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop. Acetylcysteine-Link Injection may interfere with the results of some urinary dipstick tests.
Your doctor or pharmacist has more information on medicines to avoid while being treated with this medicine.
Your doctor will decide what dose you will receive. This depends on your condition and other factors such as your weight.
How it is given
Acetylcysteine-Link Injection is given as a slow infusion into a vein. The duration of treatment is approximately 20 hours. It must only be given by a doctor or nurse.
If you are given too much (overdose)
As Acetylcysteine-Link Injection is given to you under the supervision of your doctor, it is very unlikely that you will receive too much. However if you experience severe side effects tell your doctor immediately.
In case of overdose immediately contact the Poisons Information Centre for advice on management. (In Australia, call 13 11 26; In New Zealand call 0800 764 744). Symptoms an overdose may include the side effects listed below in the ‘Side Effects’ section but are usually of a more severe nature.
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are being given Acetylcysteine-Link Injection. This medicine helps most people with paracetamol overdose, but it may have unwanted side effects in a few people. All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the side effects.
Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
Tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
Nausea or vomiting
Generally feeling unwell
Fever or sweating
Pain in your bones
Pain and inflammation at the injection site
Bleeding or bruising more easily than normal
Tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist immediately if you notice any of the following:
Allergic reactions including flushing, rashes, itching, swelling of the face or difficulty breathing
Fast or irregular heart beat
Dizziness or light headedness
Blurred vision or any eye pain
Pain in your face
Tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you notice anything that is making you feel unwell. Other side effects not listed above may occur in some people.
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