Mead Johnson Pharmaceuticals | Cafcit (Medication)


Cafcit is used for the short-term treatment of a breathing problem (apnea) in premature infants. Caffeine blocks certain proteins (adenosine receptors) which lead to improved breathing in these infants.

This medication is given by vein intravenously (IV) usually once daily by a healthcare professional. The dosage is based on your infant's weight, medical conditions, and response to therapy. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. This product does not contain preservatives; discard any unused medicine after preparing the dose. ...

Side Effect:

There are some side effects that may occur after using this drug such as:nausea, vomiting, stomach upset, headache, trouble sleeping, restlessness, poor feeding, rash, or dry skin. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur:trouble breathing, vision changes, change in the amount of urine. In rare (sometimes, fatal) cases, this medication has been associated with a serious stomach condition (necrotizing enterocolitis). Tell your doctor immediately if your infant experiences the following:lack of energy (lethargy), severe vomiting, stomach/abdominal bloating (distension), bloody stool. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist. ...


Before taking caffeine citrate, tell your doctor or pharmacist if your infant is allergic to caffeine citrate or if your infant has any other allergies.

Tell your doctor or pharmacist your infant's medical history, especially of:heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, stomach problems (e. g. , peptic ulcers, necrotizing enterocolitis), seizures. Caution is advised when using this drug in infants because they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially the stimulant effects (e. g. , trouble sleeping, restlessness, nervousness).

This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. This medication passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding. ...