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.
Methonac Products side effects
Side Effects of Methonac are Nausea, Vomiting, Rash, Fever, Gastrointestinal discomfort.
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.
Methonac Tablet 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 Methonac Tablet if I have liver problems?
It has been found that in some cases Methonac Tablet 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 Methonac Tablet safe in pregnancy?
No, Methonac Tablet 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 Methonac Tablet if you are planning to become pregnant. You should use reliable contraception methods while you take Methonac Tablet. Consult your doctor before starting this medication or planning pregnancy.
Q. Are there chances of anemia with Methonac Tablet?
Yes, there are chances that Methonac Tablet may cause anemia. It has been observed that Methonac Tablet can cause a dose-related decrease in hemoglobin in the blood which could lead to anemia. Regular hemoglobin check is advised while taking Methonac Tablet and consult your prescribing doctor for his advice. If the patients develop anemia then in some cases blood transfusion is done to correct it.
Q. Is Methonac Tablet safe for pregnant women?
Methonac Tablet can be given to a pregnant woman if the benefit of this medicine is more than the risk involved. Evidence shows it can be used in pregnant females without any gross risk to the fetus in the womb. Consult your doctor before starting the medication.
Q. How long can you take Methonac Tablet for?
The duration of treatment with Methonac Tablet will be decided by the doctor. It will depend on the type of disease for which it has been prescribed. For respiratory conditions, it can be taken for 5 days and can be further extended to 2 weeks depending upon the condition of the patient.
Q. Can Methonac Tablet be given to children below 2 years of age?
Medicines like Methonac Tablet are not recommended to be used in children under 2 years of age. This is because the medicine works by dissolving the mucus which can cause a block in the breathing airway, and children below 2 years of age may not be able to clear it or cough it out properly. Still, in certain conditions it can be prescribed by your doctor, hence, follow the instructions as provided. Consult the doctor for any query.
Q. Can I take cough syrups while taking Methonac Tablet?
No, you should not start taking cough syrups without consulting your doctor. The cough syrups which suppresses the cough should be avoided with this medication as it would interfere with the action of the medicine. Consult your doctor who will suggest an effective cough syrup which can increase the expectoration or sputum.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 18th Feb 2020. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.