Acetyl cysteine is used for the treatment of liver toxicity caused by paracetamol overdose. It is also used to thin and loosen the mucus in the airway due to certain lung diseases (bronchitis, pneumonia) and for the relief of dry eye syndromes associated with deficient tear secretion.
How it works
Acetyl cysteine acts against the chemicals ( metabolites) that are produced during paracetamol overdose. In lung diseases, it helps in thinning the mucus which helps in clearing the mucus from the lungs.
Common side effects
Flushing, Cough, Or bone pain/stiffness, Itching of skin, Slow heart rate, Muscle, Blurred vision, Nausea, Feeling of discomfort, Sweating, Skin rash, Abnormal blood counts, Vomiting, Low blood pressure, Puffy eyes, Swelling of eyes and lips, High blood pressure, Constriction of air passages or respiratory distress, Deterioration of liver function, Facial or eye pain, Joint, Chest tightness or pain, Raised temperature, Fits, Increased heart rate