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Introduction into Cafcit
Brand Name(s): Cafcit
Generic Name Caffeine Solution
What is caffeine oral solution?
CAFFEINE (Cafcit®) oral solution is sometimes given to premature infants or newborns who are having problems breathing (this is called apnea). Caffeine helps to stimulate and improve breathing in these babies. Generic caffeine oral solution is not available, but your pharmacist may prepare the solution for the prescription.
What should my health care professional know before I take caffeine?
They need to know if your infant has any of these conditions:
How should I take this medicine?
In infants, caffeine solution is usually given once every 24 hours at a regular scheduled time. Follow the directions on the container. Use a specially marked oral syringe provided by your prescriber or pharmacist to measure the dose. Ask your pharmacist if you do not have one; household spoons are not accurate.
The caffeine dose is given orally (i.e., swallowed). The measured caffeine dosage may be mixed in a small amount of infant formula in a baby bottle; but the infant must drink all of the formula containing the medicine to get the proper dose. Ask your health care professional how to best give this medicine to your infant. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your prescriber's advice.
Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What drug(s) may interact with caffeine?
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
What side effects may I notice from taking caffeine?
Side effects in your infant that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
What should I watch for while taking caffeine?
Caffeine is not intended for long-term use. It is usually only prescribed for a few weeks. Do not increase the dose unless told to by your prescriber. Your infant's prescriber may need to monitor the levels of caffeine in your baby's blood to see if the dose is correct. Notify your prescriber if your infant's breathing does not improve or gets worse.
Avoid food and drinks that contain additional caffeine, like coffee, tea, colas and chocolate if you are breast-feeding your infant while the infant is taking caffeine. The caffeine you eat does pass to the infant with breast-feeding and can lead to an increased caffeine level in the infant.
Where can I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children in a container that small children cannot open.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 °C (59 and 86 °F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date. Throw away any unused solution in an opened Cafcit® container. Check with your pharmacist before use if the solution appears cloudy or discolored.
(Note: The above information is not intended to replace the advice of your physician, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional. It is not meant to indicate that the use of the product is safe, appropriate, or effective for you.)