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Generic: cysteamine
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It is used to treat nephropathic cystinosis in children and adults
               



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What is this medicine?

CYSTEAMINE (sis TEE a meen) breaks down cystine in the body. It is used to treat nephropathic cystinosis in children and adults. This medicine is not a cure.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • bone problems
  • depression or other nervous system problems
  • history of blood disease
  • history of stomach bleeding
  • liver disease
  • seizures
  • skin conditions or sensitivity
  • stomach or intestine problems
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to cysteamine, penicillamine, other medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Capsules of this medicine may be opened and sprinkled on food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is within 2 hours of your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor for regular check ups. You will need regular blood tests while you are taking this medicine.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells.

               
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