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, Rash, Fever, Gastrointestinal discomfort
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Available Medicine for Acetylcysteine

MucinacCipla Ltd
50 to ₹2426 variant(s)
MucomixSamarth Life Sciences Pvt Ltd
49 to ₹6136 variant(s)
MucotabZydus Cadila
91 to ₹2693 variant(s)
LumenacLupin Ltd
2631 variant(s)
CoenacKoye Pharmaceuticals Pvt ltd
2161 variant(s)
EffenacMacleods Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
2271 variant(s)
NacfilFourrts India Laboratories Pvt Ltd
59 to ₹2204 variant(s)
MucoviscTorrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd
2401 variant(s)
MucarylGlenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd
2341 variant(s)
EfetilIntas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
2321 variant(s)

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.

Frequently asked questions for Acetylcysteine

Acetylcysteine

Q. How is Acetylcysteine administered?

Acetylcysteine is given as a tablet form and can be taken with or without food. The tablets are to be taken twice daily in the morning and evening. The exact dosage and frequency of dose will be decided by the doctor on the basis of age and weight of the patient.

Q. Can I take Acetylcysteine if I have liver problems?

It has been found that in some cases Acetylcysteine can cause liver damage in prone patients and can lead to increased liver enzymes. Hence, it should be used with caution in patients with liver disease or who are prone to have liver disease/ history of liver disease. Before starting the medication inform your doctor if you have had a history of liver disease.

Q. Is Acetylcysteine safe in pregnancy?

No, Acetylcysteine is not safe during pregnancy. There is evidence to show that it can cause major birth defects in the newborn baby and can harm the baby in womb. It is not advised to take Acetylcysteine if you are planning to become pregnant. You should use reliable contraception methods while you take Acetylcysteine. Consult your doctor before starting this medication or planning pregnancy.

Q. Are there chances of anemia with Acetylcysteine?

Yes, there are chances that Acetylcysteine may cause anemia. It has been observed that Acetylcysteine can cause a dose-related decrease in hemoglobin in the blood which could lead to anemia. Regular hemoglobin check is advised while taking Acetylcysteine and consult your prescribing doctor for his advice. If the patients develop anemia then in some cases blood transfusion is done to correct it.

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