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.
Take ACETYLCYSTEINE as prescribed. Your doctor will advise you on how often you take ACETYLCYSTEINE based on your medical condition. Some people may experience nausea, vomiting, stomach upset, or fever. Most of these side effects of ACETYLCYSTEINE do not require medical attention and gradually resolve over time. However, if the side effects persist or worsen, please consult your doctor.
Uses of ACETYLCYSTEINE
Respiratory diseases associated with excessive mucus
ACETYLCYSTEINE is a mucolytic agent (sputum thinner) used to treat acute (short term) and chronic (long term) respiratory diseases associated with excess mucus. ACETYLCYSTEINE works by thinning and loosening phlegm (mucus) in the lungs, windpipe, and nasal passage. Thereby, making it easier to cough out phlegm.