Acetylcysteine is a medication that is used to assist prevent or decrease liver damage caused by excessive acetaminophen use (Tylenol).
Some acetylcysteine brands and types are accessible for purchase over-the-counter, while others are only available through prescription. It should be noted that not all types of acetylcysteine are useful as an acetaminophen antidote, however. Do not try to treat an acetaminophen overdose unless you have received medical guidance first.
Acetylcysteine may be used for a variety of other uses not covered by this drug guide.
Acetylcysteine side effects
The following are some of the most common side effects of acetylcysteine:
- It has a disagreeable smell.
- Coughing up a lot of blood
- Increasing the amount of bronchial secretions produced
- Irritation of the trachea or bronchial tube
- Nose congestion or runny nose
- Inside the mouth, there is swelling and sores.
- a feeling of being out of breath
- The following are serious adverse effects of acetylcysteine:
- Tightness in the chest
This document does not contain all possible side effects and others may occur. Check with your physician for additional information about side effects.
In an emergency, you may not be able to tell caregivers about your health conditions. Make sure any doctor caring for you afterward knows you received this medicine.
Before taking this medicine
Prior to using this medication, you should consult your doctor.
If you are allergic to acetylcysteine, you should refrain from using it.
If possible, inform your caretakers before receiving acetylcysteine if you have previously had any of the following conditions:
- an ulcer in the stomach;
- Stomach bleeding or bleeding in your oesophagus (esophageal varices) are both conditions that may occur.
- If you have high blood pressure or are following a low-salt diet, see your doctor.
- heart failure due to congestive heart failure; or
- Kidney disease is a serious condition.
If you are pregnant or nursing, talk to your doctor before using acetylcysteine supplements.
During an emergency situation, you may not be able to communicate to caregivers that you are pregnant or nursing. Make certain that any doctor who will be caring for you or your baby is aware that you have gotten this medication.