Acetylcysteine

Common Brands Actos
Drug Class
Thiazolidinedione
Controlled Substance Classification
Not a controlled medication
Generic Status
Lower-cost generic available
Availability
Prescription only
Allison Barnes, PharmD
Allison Barnes, PharmD
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Medically reviewed by Allison Barnes, PharmD last update on 20/12/2023

Overview

Acetylcysteine, a derivative of the amino acid cysteine, has established itself as a versatile medication and supplement with a range of applications in the medical field. Renowned for its antioxidant properties and mucolytic effects, this compound plays a pivotal role in managing various health conditions.

One of the primary areas of application is in respiratory health. Acetylcysteine’s ability to break down thick mucus makes it a cornerstone in the treatment of respiratory conditions, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cystic fibrosis. By targeting disulfide bonds in mucus proteins, it facilitates easier breathing for individuals struggling with respiratory challenges.

DRUG STATUS

Availability

Prescription only

Pregnancy & Lactation

Pregnancy