ACETYLCYSTEINE is a Schedule H drug.
Acetylcysteine is a drug that breaks down mucus, the substance that lubricates many parts of the body such as the mouth, throat, and lungs.Acetylcysteine inhalation is used to thin the mucus in people with certain lung conditions such as cystic fibrosis, emphysema, bronchitis, pneumonia, or tuberculosis. Acetylcysteine inhalation is also used during surgery or anesthesia, and to prepare the throat or lungs for a medical test.Acetylcysteine is used as mucolytic and paracetamol toxicity. It acts as mucolytic (loosen mucus in airways) when used in oral preparations while when used as injection it treats paracetamol overdose toxicity.It thins and loosens mucus (phlegm) making it easier to cough out. It also works as an antidote in paracetamol poisoning by replenishing the body’s stores of glutathione, a chemical that removes toxic substances.


ACETYLCYSTEINE is generally used to treat: Cystic Fibrosis, Emphysema, Bronchitis, Pneumonia, Tuberculosis, ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome), Bronchiectasis, Amyloidosis

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is it safe on my liver?
A: Not Safe

Q: Is it safe on my kidney?
A: Check with your Doctor first

Q: Can I take it with alcohol?
A: Not Safe

Q: Is it safe for children?
A: Ask your doctor

Q: Can it be taken during pregnancy?
A: Considered as Generally Safe – not enough studies to prove risk

Q: Is it safe to take for someone breastfeeding?
A: Not Safe

How Do I Take It?

Route of Administration: Oral,


  • Do not start or continue the acetyl cysteine if you are allergic to acetyl cysteine.
  • Consult your doctor before starting acetyl cysteine if you have lung diseases like asthma and bronchospasm.
  • Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
  • You should not use acetylcysteine inhalation if you are allergic to it.Follow all directions on your prescription label.
  • Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.Acetylcysteine inhalation solution can be inhaled directly from the nebulizer or with a face mask, mouth piece, tent, or intermittent positive pressure breathing (IPPB) machine.
  • Use only the inhaler device provided with your medicine or you may not get the correct dose.
  • Do not place this medicine directly into a heated nebulizer medicine chamber.
  • Do not mix your dose of acetylcysteine inhalation until you are ready to use the medicine.

Symptoms of Overdosage

ACETYLCYSTEINE over-dosage can result in: Difficulty Breathing

Common Side-Effects

ACETYLCYSTEINE : Skin Rash, Itchy Skin, Nausea, Abdomen Upset Stomach, Vomit, Fever, Runny Nose, Drowsiness, Throat Soreness

Serious Side-Effects

ACETYLCYSTEINE : Difficulty Breathing, Chest Pain

Technical Classification

ACETYLCYSTEINE is categorized as:

Storage Conditions

Room Temperature (Between 15 To 25 C)

Available Alternatives

Common Drugs with ACETYLCYSTEINE as Ingredient