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    Information about Acetylcysteine

    Acetylcysteine uses

    Acetylcysteine is used for respiratory disease with excessive mucus. It acts as mucolytic (loosen mucus in airways) when used in oral preparations while when used as injection it treats paracetamol overdose toxicity.

    How acetylcysteine works

    Acetylcysteine is a mucolytic medication. It thins and loosens mucus (phlegm) making it easier to cough out. It also works as an antidote in paracetamol poisoning by replenishing the body's stores of glutathione, a chemical that removes toxic substances.

    Common side effects of acetylcysteine

    Nausea, Vomiting, Stomach upset, Rash
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    Written By
    Dr. Radhika Dua
    MDS, BDS
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Shilpa Garcha
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    23 May 2019 | 07:37 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Acetylcysteine

    • You have been prescribed Acetylcysteine for the treatment of various respiratory conditions associated with excessive mucus production.
    • It has a smelly odor. This is normal and does not indicate that the medicine has changed.
    • Dissolve the effervescent tablet in half a glass of water. Drink the solution immediately.
    • Drink plenty of fluids to help loosen the congestion and lubricate your throat while you are taking this medication.

    Content on this page was last updated on 23 May, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)