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What is Acetylcysteine used for?

Acetylcysteine tablet has been used as an antidote to prevent liver damage that may occur following the overdose of acetaminophen medicine.

Acetylcysteine tablet may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What are the side effects of Acetylcysteine?

Like other medicines, Acetylcysteine can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Acetylcysteine are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Acetylcysteine cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Acetylcysteine develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Acetylcysteine may cause side effects such as nausea and vomiting. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Acetylcysteine.

What is the recommended dosage of Acetylcysteine?

The dosage of Acetylcysteine prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

What if you miss a dose of Acetylcysteine?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Acetylcysteine medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses to catch up for the missed dose.

What if you overdose on Acetylcysteine?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Acetylcysteine, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Acetylcysteine?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Acetylcysteine.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications (over-the-counter products) and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, which may increase the effect of Acetylcysteine, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Acetylcysteine?

Is it possible for me to take Acetylcysteine with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Acetylcysteine?
What are the possible drug interactions of Acetylcysteine?
How will Acetylcysteine work in my body?
How should Acetylcysteine be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Acetylcysteine drug interactions and side effects?


Before taking Acetylcysteine, tell your doctor if you have asthma. Also, tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding.

The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Acetylcysteine is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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