Trade Names/Brand Names :
ACC, Acemuc, Acemuk, Acetyst, Acetadote, Asist, Bronkyl, Brunac eyedrops, Fluimucil, Fluimukan, Flumil, Flutafin, Lysox, Mucinac, Mucohelp, Mucolysin, Mucomelt-A, MUCOMIX, Mucomyst, NAC AL, Nytex, Parvolex, PharmaNAC, Rheunac, Siran, Solmucaïne, Trebon N, Vlenolys
Why it is prescribed :
This medication is a mucolytic agent, prescribed for chronic bronchopulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis and others. It works by thinning of mucus and ease its removal. It is also used in the management of paracetamol overdose. It works by thinning of mucus and ease its removal.
When it is not to be taken (Contraindications):
Category B :
Animal studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and appropriate studies on pregnant women are lacking.
Dosage & When it is to be taken (Indications):
The recommended dose for most patients is 3 to 5 mL of the 20% solution or 6 to 10 mL of the 10% solution three to four times a day.
How it should be taken :
It comes as a sterile unpreserved solution (not for injection) in vials containing a 10% (100 mg/mL) or 20% (200 mg/mL) solution of acetylcysteine.
Warnings and Precautions :
•Caution needed for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Do not mix acetylcysteine with other inhaled medications unless directed by the doctor.
Side Effects :
Mouth ulcer, nausea, vomiting, fever, runny nose, drowsiness, clamminess, chest tightness, rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat) and breathing problem.
Other Precautions :
Avoid excess dosage.
Storage Conditions :
Store at room temperature between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light. After opening the vial, store in the refrigerator and use within 96 hours (4 days). The solution may change to a light purple color. This is normal and will not affect how the drug works.