Acetylcysteine reduces the mucus plugging by breaking down the thick mucus in the airways and facilitates breathing in conditions like chronic bronchopulmonary disease and cystic fibrosis, a disorder that affects lungs.
It is also used to treat paracetamol overdose.
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.
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.
• Caution needed for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
• Do not mix acetylcysteine with other inhaled medications unless directed by the doctor.
Mouth ulcer, nausea, vomiting, fever, runny nose, drowsiness, clamminess, chest tightness, rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat) and breathing problem.
Avoid excess dosage.
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.
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