What is LITHOSTAT?
(LITHOSTAT) This medication is used with antibiotics and/or surgery to treat types of bladder infections that are caused by certain bacteria. These bacteria cause the level of ammonia in the urine to become too high. This effect can lead to a certain type of kidney stone (struvite). This medication works by stopping the bacteria from making the ammonia. The decreased levels of ammonia can slow the growth of the kidney stones and make the antibiotic work better on your infection.
How should I use LITHOSTAT?
Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start using acetohydroxamic acid and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Take this medication by mouth on an empty stomach as directed by your doctor, usually 3 to 4 times daily. Dosage is based on your medical condition, weight, and response to treatment. Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same times each day. Tell your doctor if your condition lasts or gets worse.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take LITHOSTAT?
Before taking acetohydroxamic acid, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney disease, blood clots, blood/bone marrow disorders (such as anemia), regular alcohol use. Avoid alcoholic beverages while taking this medication because alcohol with acetohydroxamic acid may cause a skin reaction (such as flushing, redness, warmth, tingling). The reaction usually appears 30 to 45 minutes after having alcohol and disappears 30 to 60 minutes later. This medication must not be used during pregnancy. It may harm an unborn baby. It is important to prevent pregnancy while taking this medication. Consult your doctor for more details and to discuss the use of reliable forms of birth control (such as condoms, birth control pills) while taking this medication. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, tell your doctor right away. This drug may pass into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
What may interact with LITHOSTAT?
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval. Some products that may interact with this drug are: iron-containing products taken by mouth (such as supplements, multivitamins).
What if I miss a dose of LITHOSTAT?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.
What side effects may I notice from receiving LITHOSTAT?
Headache, nausea, vomiting, stomach upset, unusual hair loss, or loss of appetite may occur. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Remember that this medication has been prescribed because your doctor has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects. Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: fast/pounding heartbeat, unusual tiredness, weakness, dark urine, mental/mood changes (such as nervousness, depression), shaking (tremor), pain/redness/swelling of arms or legs, easy bruising/bleeding, signs of infection (such as sore throat that doesn't go away, fever). Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: chest pain. A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist. In the US - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch. In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Where should I keep LITHOSTAT?
Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.