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acetohydroxamic acid (cont.)

What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking acetohydroxamic acid (Lithostat)?

Before using acetohydroxamic acid, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:

  • kidney disease;
  • a history of blood clot or stroke;
  • hemolytic anemia (a lack of red blood cells); or
  • a weak immune system.

If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use acetohydroxamic acid.

FDA pregnancy category X. This medication can cause birth defects. Do not use acetohydroxamic acid if you are pregnant. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant during treatment. Use effective birth control while you are using this medication.

Acetohydroxamic acid may pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take acetohydroxamic acid (Lithostat)?

Take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Take acetohydroxamic acid on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.

Acetohydroxamic acid is usually taken 3 or 4 times daily. Follow your doctor's instructions.

Take this medication for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Acetohydroxamic acid is not an antibiotic and will not treat a bacterial infection alone. Take your antibiotic medication as directed.

To be sure this medication is not causing harmful effects, your blood may need to be tested on a regular basis. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.

Store acetohydroxamic acid at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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