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What is acetylcysteine solution?

Acetylcysteine (also called N-acetylcysteine, or NAC) solution, the active ingredient in Mucomyst, is intended to help thin the mucus that has formed in lungs due to chronic lung problems. Symptoms that are linked to bronchitis, emphysema, cystic fibrosis and other lung diseases can be treated with inhaled acetylcysteine solution. It is inhaled by mouth using a nebulizer (a machine that turns the medicine into a mist so you can inhale it). As an inhaled aerosol, acetylcysteine thins and loosens mucus, making it easier to cough it up. Acetylcysteine is also given by mouth (Mucomyst) or intravenous infusion (Acetadote) to prevent the liver toxicity in cases of acute overdose of the pain medicine acetaminophen (Tylenol).

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