What is N-Acetylcysteine NAC?

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Most popular types: GNC N-Acetyl Cysteine ACC 600 Fluimucil Show all

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See also: Acetylcysteine R+ lipoic acid and NAC SR

N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) is an altered form of the amino acid cysteine, which is commonly found in food and synthesized by the body. It is used as a mucolytic, any agent that dissolves thick mucus, to correct abnormally low glutathione levels, and for paracetamol/acetaminophen overdoses.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis 136 43
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 58 24
General health 34 15
Pulmonary fibrosis 15 7
Parkinson's Disease 12 6
Support immune health 10 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 6
Moderate 2
Mild 8
None 99

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with N-Acetylcysteine NAC

Side effect Patients
Nausea 3
Acid reflux 1
Decreased respiratory function 1
Diarrhea 1
Excessive gas 1
Excess mucus 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking N-Acetylcysteine NAC

Dosage Patients
600 mg daily 13
1,200 mg daily 11
600 mg twice daily 9
600 mg three times daily 6
3 capsule(s) daily 4
500 mg daily 4
1,800 mg daily 4
1,200 mg twice daily 3
900 mg daily 2
1 mg weekly 1

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Why patients stopped taking N-Acetylcysteine NAC

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Reason Patients
Other 31
Did not seem to work 29
Doctor's advice 21
Course of treatment ended 10
Side effects too severe 10
Expense 7
Personal research 5
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Duration

Currently taking N-Acetylcysteine NAC

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 32
5 - 10 years 19
10 years or more 3

Stopped taking N-Acetylcysteine NAC

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 10
1 - 6 months 21
6 months - 1 year 20
1 - 2 years 20
2 - 5 years 18
5 - 10 years 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 76
Usually 22
Sometimes 9
Never taken as prescribed 8
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 7
A little hard to take 20
Not at all hard to take 87
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 2
$25-49 16
< $25 47
Not specified 49
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17 patient evaluations for N-Acetylcysteine NAC

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marie1970
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marie1970
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: Some
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: Most
function: Little
external_stress: Little
Stickman: most
Description:F46y
CFS:19y Dx
I am: b
I have:
ME/CFS

See marie1970's full N-Acetylcysteine NAC history

Dec 2, 2016 (Started Nov 12, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Sleepiness, Overwhelming fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Got more and more fatigued. It crept up on me, so took me a good while to realize it was the NAC causing it. Already housebound, but became more or less bedbound within three-four weeks. The last week before I realized the culprit I slept for a whole week and could not take on anything. Awake for only hours at a time. Got back to normal within two days after I stopped. Same reaction as when I tried MSM but slower/less obvious.

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nacona
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nacona
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: mild
Arms: severe
Chest: none
Legs: moderate
I am: n
I have:
ALS

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Jun 19, 2016 (Started Nov 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Twice daily

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Dawn Angel
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
On
Mouth/throat: none
Arms: none
Chest: none
Legs: mild
I am: n
I have:
Parkinson's

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Nov 1, 2015 (Started Jun 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Support brain health)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 15, 2012 (Started Jun 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Neuroprotection)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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