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Acetic acid solution

Generic Name: acetic acid (a-SEE-tik)
Brand Name: Generic only. No brands available.

Acetic acid solution is used for:

Preventing bladder infections from indwelling urinary catheters.

Acetic acid solution is an antibacterial solution. It works by lowering the pH in the bladder, which prevents certain bacteria from growing.

Do NOT use acetic acid solution if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in acetic acid solution

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using acetic acid solution:

Some medical conditions may interact with acetic acid solution. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have severe heart, lung, or kidney disease
  • if you have lesions in the bladder

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with acetic acid solution. Because little, if any, of acetic acid solution is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if acetic acid solution may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use acetic acid solution:

Use acetic acid solution as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Acetic acid solution is usually administered at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you are using acetic acid solution at home, carefully follow the procedures taught to you by your health care provider.
  • If acetic acid solution contains particles or is discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged in any way, do not use it.
  • After opening, use acetic acid solution promptly to prevent contamination. Do not save open containers of acetic acid solution for later use.
  • If you miss a dose of acetic acid solution, contact your doctor right away.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use acetic acid solution.

Important safety information:

  • Never inject acetic acid solution into a vein.
  • Acetic acid solution may be harmful if swallowed. If you or someone you know may have taken acetic acid solution by mouth, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
  • Before you have any medical or dental treatments, emergency care, or surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are using acetic acid solution.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you plan on becoming pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using acetic acid solution during pregnancy. It is unknown if acetic acid solution is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using acetic acid solution, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of acetic acid solution:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

No common side effects.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blood in the urine; diarrhea; groin or bladder pain; headache; nausea; seizures; tremors; vomiting.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of acetic acid solution:

Store acetic acid solution at room temperature at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep acetic acid solution out of the reach of children and pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about acetic acid solution, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Acetic acid solution is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take acetic acid solution or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about acetic acid solution. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to acetic acid solution. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using acetic acid solution.

Issue Date: April 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.2.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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