Acetylcysteine is a mucolytic (myoo-koe-LIT-ik) drug that breaks down mucus, the substance that lubricates many parts of the body such as the mouth, throat, and lungs. Acetylcysteine is used to thin the mucus in people with certain lung conditions such as cystic fibrosis, emphysema, bronchitis, tuberculosis. Acetylcysteine is also used during surgery or anesthesia, and to prepare the throat or lungs for a medical test. Acetylcysteine may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
Acetylcysteine is a drug used to aid the dissolving of mucus in conditions such as cystic fibrosis and bronchitis. Acetylcysteine has been found to work by cutting the bonds that keep mucus together. As a result, it can be used in a wide range of respiratory conditions where mucus collection is a typical symptom. It has no major interactions and its side effect profile is quite safe, making it an ideal drug for the conditions it is prescribed for.