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CYSTAGON® (cysteamine bitartrate) is indicated for the management of nephropathic cystinosis in children and adults.


For the management of nephropathic cystinosis, cysteamine therapy should be initiated promptly once the diagnosis is confirmed (i.e., increased white cell cystine).

New patients should be started on ¼ to 1/6 of the maintenance dose of CYSTAGON® (cysteamine bitartrate) . The dose should then be raised gradually over four to six weeks to avoid intolerance.

The recommended CYSTAGON® (cysteamine bitartrate) maintenance dose for children up to age 12 years is 1.30 grams/m2/day of the free base, given in four divided doses. Intact CYSTAGON® (cysteamine bitartrate) capsules should not be administered to children under the age of approximately six years due to the risk of aspiration. CYSTAGON® (cysteamine bitartrate) capsules may be administered to children under the age of approximately six years by sprinkling the capsule contents over food. Patients over age 12 and over 110 pounds weight should receive 2.0 grams/day, divided four times daily.

If a dose is missed, it should be taken as soon as possible. If it is within two hours of the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to the regular dosing schedule. Do not double dose.

When CYSTAGON® (cysteamine bitartrate) is well tolerated, the goal of therapy is to keep leukocyte cystine levels below 1 nmol/½ cystine/mg protein five to six hours following administration of CYSTAGON® (cysteamine bitartrate) . Patients with poorer tolerability still receive significant benefit if white cell cystine levels are below 2 nmol/½ cystine/mg protein. The CYSTAGON® (cysteamine bitartrate) dose can be increased to a maximum of 1.95 grams/m2/day to achieve this level. The dose of 1.95 grams/m2/day has been associated with an increased rate of withdrawal from treatment due to intolerance and an increased incidence of adverse events.

Cystinotic patients taking cysteamine hydrochloride or phosphocysteamine solutions may be transferred to equimolar doses of CYSTAGON® (cysteamine bitartrate) capsules.

The recommended maintenance dose of 1.30 grams/m2/day can be approximated by administering CYSTAGON® (cysteamine bitartrate) according to the following table, which takes surface area as well as weight into consideration.

Weight in
mg of Cysteamine Free Base
Every 6 Hours
0-10 100
11-20 150
21-30 200
31-40 250
41-50 300
51-70 350
71-90 400
91-110 450
> 110 500

Patients over age 12 and over 110 pounds should receive 2.0 grams/day given in four divided doses as a starting maintenance dose. This dose should be reached after 4 to 6 weeks of incremental dosage increases as stated above. The dose should be raised if the leukocyte cystine level remains > 2 nmol/½ cystine/mg/protein.

Leukocyte cystine measurements, taken 5 to 6 hours after dose administration, are recommended for new patients after the maintenance dose is achieved. Patients being transferred from cysteamine hydrochloride or phosphocysteamine solutions to capsules should have their white cell cystine levels measured in 2 weeks, and thereafter every 3 months to assess optimal dosage as described above.

If CYSTAGON® (cysteamine bitartrate) is poorly tolerated initially due to gastrointestinal tract symptoms or transient skin rashes, therapy should be temporarily stopped, then re-instituted at a lower dose and gradually increased to the proper dose.


CYSTAGON® (cysteamine bitartrate) Capsules are hard gelatin capsules which provide 50 mg or 150 mg of cysteamine free base as cysteamine bitartrate:

CYSTAGON® (cysteamine bitartrate) Capsules, 50 mg are white, opaque capsules printed with CYSTA 50 on the body and MYLAN on the cap. They are available as follows:

NDC 0378-9040-05 bottles of 500 capsules

CYSTAGON® (cysteamine bitartrate) Capsules, 150 mg are white, opaque capsules printed with CYSTAGON (cysteamine bitartrate) 150 on the body and MYLAN on the cap. They are available as follows:

NDC 0378-9045-05 bottles of 500 capsules

Store at 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F). [See USP for Controlled Room Temperature.]

Protect from light and moisture.

Dispense in a tight, light-resistant container as defined in the USP using a child-resistant closure.

PHARMACIST: Detach Patient Information Leaflet at each perforation and give leaflet to patient.

Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc.,Morgantown, WV 26505
FDA rev date: 6/6/2007

This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

Last reviewed on RxList: 6/26/2007

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