Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Cafcit
Generic Name: caffeine citrate (oral) (Pronunciation: KAF een SIT rate)
What is caffeine citrate (Cafcit)?
Caffeine citrate is a central nervous system stimulant. It also has effects on the lungs and metabolism.
Caffeine citrate is used to treat breathing problems in premature infants.
Caffeine citrate may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of caffeine citrate (Cafcit)?
Get emergency medical help if your child has any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using caffeine citrate and call your doctor at once if your child has any of these serious side effects:
Less serious side effects may include sleep problems, loss of appetite, fussiness, or excessive crying.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about caffeine citrate (Cafcit)?
Caffeine citrate should not be given to a child who has had an allergic reaction to it in the past.
Do not use the medication for longer than 12 days without the advice of your child's doctor.
Each bottle of caffeine citrate is for one use only, even if your child does not use the entire bottle for a single dose. Throw away any medication left over in the bottle after measuring your child's dose.
Call your doctor if the child's breathing symptoms do not improve after using caffeine citrate.
To be sure caffeine citrate is helping your child's condition, the child's blood will need to be tested on a regular basis. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.
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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