What is Acetylcysteine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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See also: N-Acetylcysteine NAC

Acetylcysteine is a mucolytic agent used to treat abnormal or viscous mucous secretions. It is also an antidote for acute acetaminophen toxicity. It may be used to prevent renal failure induced by a reaction to radio-contrast dye and to treat distal intestinal obstruction syndrome.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis 4 1
Excess mucus 3 4
General health 2 0
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 1 0
Bronchiectasis 1 0
Chest congestion 1 0

Show all 11 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 0
None 6

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Acetylcysteine

Side effect Patients
Dry eyes 1
Productive cough 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Acetylcysteine

Dosage Patients
20 g daily 1
600 mg daily 1
600 mg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Acetylcysteine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 2
See all 2 patients who've stopped taking Acetylcysteine

Duration

Currently taking Acetylcysteine

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 2

Stopped taking Acetylcysteine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 3
Usually 2
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 6
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 1
Not specified 4
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2 patient evaluations for Acetylcysteine

Jun 27, 2015 (Started Apr 16, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for excess mucus)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily

Aug 12, 2012 (Started Apr 16, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily

Apr 16, 2009 (Started Apr 16, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 24, 2010 (Started Dec 14, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for mucus in throat)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Do not take continiously for long periods.
Side effects: dry eyes

  • 0 helpful marks
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