Proper Use

Drug information provided by: IBM Micromedex

Take this medicine only as directed by your doctor. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered.

Take the tablet at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals. The delayed-release tablet may be taken with or without food.

If you cannot swallow the delayed-release tablet whole, you may crush it and mix on a tablespoonful of applesauce. You may swallow the mixture right away or keep it in the refrigerator for up to 2 hours. Throw away any mixture that has not been given within 2 hours.

Drink extra fluids so you will pass more urine while you are using this medicine. This may help prevent kidney problems.

Do not drink alcohol 2 hours before and 3 hours after using Thiola® EC.

It is important that you follow any special instructions from your doctor, such as following a low-methionine diet. Methionine is found in animal proteins such as milk, eggs, cheese, and fish. Also, make certain your health care professional knows if you are on any special diet, such as a low-sodium or low-sugar diet. If you have any questions about this, check with your doctor.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For oral dosage forms (delayed-release tablets, tablets):
    • To prevent kidney stones:
      • Adults—At first, 800 milligrams (mg) divided into 3 doses, given at the same times each day. Your doctor may change your dose as needed.
      • Children weighing 20 kilograms (kg) or more—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. At first, 15 milligrams (mg) per kilogram (kg) of body weight per day, divided into 3 doses. Your doctor may change your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 50 mg per kg per day.
      • Children weighing less than 20 kg—Use is not recommended.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.