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Acetylcysteine 200mg Powder for Oral Solution
Acetylcysteine 200 mg Powder for Oral Solution
1. What Acetylcysteine 200 mg Powder is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take Acetylcysteine 200 mg Powder
3. How to take Acetylcysteine 200 mg Powder
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Acetylcysteine 200 mg Powder
6. Contents of the pack and other information
This medicine is called Acetylcysteine 200 mg Powder for Oral Solution (referred to as Acetylcysteine 200 mg Powder throughout this leaflet). Each sachet contains the active substance acetylcysteine. Acetylcysteine belongs to a group of medicines called mucolytics which work by thinning the mucus (phlegm) so that it can be coughed up more easily.
Acetylcysteine 200 mg Powder is used to treat:
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Acetylcysteine 200 mg Powder:
Acetylcysteine 200 mg Powder On opening the sachet, Acetylcysteine 200 mg Powder may smell of sulphur (rotten eggs). This is a normal characteristic of this medicine and does not mean that it is not safe to use. Upon addition of water the solution will have a citrus odour.
Do not use in children under the age of 12 years.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines.
This includes any medicines which you have bought without a prescription.
You must tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any of the following medicines:
There are no special requirements to consider when taking this medicine with food, drink or alcohol.
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
Acetylcysteine 200 mg Powder should not affect your ability to drive or operate machinery. If you experience side effects which may affect these abilities, do not drive or operate machinery until the effects have completely disappeared.
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor, nurse or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
The recommended dose is 1 sachet 3 times a day, or as prescribed by your doctor.
Empty the sachet contents into a small amount of water in a glass and stir until it dissolves (mixes) completely, just before drinking. It is important to drink all of the mixture.
Abundant fluid intake supports the mucolytic effect of acetylcysteine.
If you accidentally take more Acetylcysteine 200 mg Powder than you have been prescribed, contact your doctor or get medical advice immediately. If possible, take the sachets, the box and this leaflet with you to show the doctor.
The following are all symptoms of an overdose:
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as possible. Take the next dose at the correct time, in accordance with the instructions given by your doctor. However, if it is almost time to take the next dose, do not take the dose you have missed; only take the next dose as normal.
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you have further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Like all medicines, Acetylcysteine 200 mg Powder can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Stop taking Acetylcysteine 200 mg Powder and get medical advice straight away if you experience any of these very rare side effects (affecting less than 1 in 10,000 people):
Uncommon side effects
(affecting less than 1 in 100 people)
Rare side effects
(affecting less than 1 in 1,000 people)
(this means the frequency cannot be estimated from the information available)
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly to the relevant medicines authority (see details below). By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Store in the original package to protect from moisture.
Once the contents of the sachet have been dissolved in water use this medicinal product immediately. Do not store the solution.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the sachet and carton after EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
Acetylcysteine 200 mg Powder is a white to slightly pink coloured powder.
Acetylcysteine 200 mg Powder is available in boxes of 10, 18, 20 or 30 sachets.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
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This leaflet was last revised in August 2021.