Tiopronin is used to help prevent kidney stones. It is used for those who were not successfully treated with dietary changes and increased fluid intake.
Take Tiopronin exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
This medicine is available as a tablet in immediate or delayed release form.
If you are taking the immediate-release form of tablet, take it on an empty stomach, at least hour before or 2 hours after a meal.
You may take the delayed-release tablets with or without food. Swallow it whole. Do not divide, chew or crush the tablet.
Try to take Tiopronin at the same time each day.
While you are being treated with this medicine, ensure adequate fluid intake. Your doctor will advise you about how much water or fluid you may need to take.
Tiopronin must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking this medicine even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by the doctor.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.
DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
Alert your doctor if you have a history of having a blood disorder (e.g. low white blood cell, red blood cell, or platelet count).
Do not breastfeed while you are being treated with this medicine.
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant.
Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving this medicine to a child or an elderly. Children and elderly may be more sensitive to the side effects.
Keep your appointments with your doctor. Your doctor needs to monitor your condition and check your response to the medication regularly.
Routine tests (e.g. liver function tests, blood, kidney stone formation and urinary examination) may be done while you are being treated with Tiopronin. Your doctor will advise you about how often you will need to have these tests.
Tiopronin may cause any of the following side effects: nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, bloating and stomach wind.
If you develop rashes, breathlessness, swollen mouth or eyes, stop taking this medicine and inform your doctor immediately. These could be signs of an allergic reaction.
Some side effects may be serious, although they are not common. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience:
- blood in the urine, foamy urine, unable to pass urine, or any unusual change in the amount of your urine
- muscles weakness
- blistering and sores in the skin, mouth or genitals
This medicine may cause the level of your red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets to drop.
Red blood cells carry oxygen around your body. A fall in the level of red blood cells may make you feel tired and worn out.
White blood cells help your body to fight infections. A fall in the level of your white blood cells may put you at higher risk for infections, such as coughs, colds and flu, which may lead to more serious infections. Avoid crowded places and people who are sick. Inform your doctor if you have a fever, or a cough or flu that does not go away.
Platelets help your blood to clot when there is a cut in the skin. A fall in the level of your platelets may put you at risk of bleeding more than usual. Do not take part in activities where you may fall or get injured, such as contact sports. Inform your doctor if you get any unusual bruising (large bruises or several bruises, especially if the bruises appeared on their own) or bleeding that takes a long time to stop (for example, too much bleeding when you floss or brush your teeth).
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
It is important to ensure adequate fluid intake and adhere to the recommended diet prescribed by your doctor to prevent kidney problems while you are being treated with Tiopronin.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.