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  • Generic Name: (aminosalicylic acid)
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  • Last Revised: 09/2014
    • What is this medication and its most common uses?

      Paser is an antibiotic used in combination with other medications to treat tuberculosis (a bacterial infection that affects the lungs).

    • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

      How does this medication work?

      Paser is a delayed-release medicine (releases medicine into your body at a later time from when you take it). Paser works by stopping the growth of bacteria that causes tuberculosis, thereby helping to treat your condition. It also prevents bacterial resistance to other anti-tuberculosis medications, allowing them to work more effectively.

      What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

      What: Paser may help relieve symptoms of your infection and may eliminate the bacteria causing the infection.

      When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider’s directions. It is important that you take Paser exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed for the full course of treatment, even if your symptoms improve earlier.

      How do I know it is working?

      You may feel a relief in your symptoms. This is a good indicator that the medicine is working. Your healthcare provider will order tests regularly to check how well this medication is working.

    • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

      The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

      More common side effects may include: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal (stomach area pain).

      Less common side effects may include:

      Serious allergic reactions with symptoms such as skin rash, blisters, fever, itching, stomach problems, loss of appetite, nausea, or diarrhea.

       

    • Who should not take this medication?

      Do not take Paser if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

      Do not take Paser if you have severe kidney disease.

    • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

      Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Paser. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney or liver problems, or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What is the usual dosage?

      The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

      Adults: The recommended dose is 4 grams (1 packet) three times a day.

      Children: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for your child, based on his/her condition.

    • How should I take this medication?

      Take Paser exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking Paser without first talking to your healthcare provider.

      Take Paser in combination with the other anti-tuberculosis medicines that your healthcare provider has prescribed.

      Sprinkle Paser granules onto acidic foods (such as apple sauce or yogurt) or beverages (such as tomato, orange, grapefruit, grape, cranberry, or apple juice). Mix thoroughly and consume it immediately.

      When you take Paser, you may see something in your stool that looks like a granule. This is normal, and is the empty shell from the granules after the medicine has been absorbed in your body.

    • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

      Do not skip doses. Skipping doses or not completing the full course of Paser can decrease its effectiveness and can lead to the growth of bacteria that are resistant to the effects of Paser.

      Do not use Paser if the packet is swollen or if the granules have lost their tan color, turning dark brown or purple.

    • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

      If Paser is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Paser with the following: isoniazid, rifampin, or vitamin B12.

    • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

      The effects of Paser during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Paser may be found in your breast milk if you take it while breastfeeding. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

      If you miss a dose of Paser, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

    • How should I store this medication?

      Store in a refrigerator or freezer. Protect from excessive heat.

    • Who should I contact in case of emergency or overdose?
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      In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
      National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222

      This PDR+ drug information has been developed by the Physicians’ Desk Reference Network (PDRN), a source of medication information trusted by doctors for over 65 years.

      This monograph summarizes the most important information about your medication and does not cover all the information you may need. If you have any questions or concerns or want to learn more about your medication, ask your healthcare provider; he/she will be able to provide answers to your questions. This medication should only be used by the patient for whom it was prescribed and should not be shared with other people.
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