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On-line Cafcit Injection
Brand Name(s): Cafcit Injection, Neocaf Injection
Generic Name Caffeine Injection
What is caffeine injection?
CAFFEINE (Cafcit®, Neocaf®) injection is given to premature infants or newborns who are having problems breathing (this is called apnea). Caffeine helps stimulate and improve breathing in these babies. Generic caffeine injection is not available.
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 is usually infused into a vein using a special pump once every 24 hours at a regular scheduled time by a trained health care professional in the hospital. Once the infant is stable or eating properly, the caffeine injection will be changed to a solution that is given by mouth.
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?
This does not apply. The injection will be given by a health-care professional.
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. 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?
This does not apply. You will not be given caffeine injection for use at home.
(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.)