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Acetylcysteine

Contributor(s): Sheryl Krohne

Introduction

Name

  • Acetylcysteine.

Class of drug

  • Metal-chelating agent.

Description

Chemical name

  • N-acetyl-L-cysteine.

Molecular formula

  • C5H9NO3S.

Uses

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Indications

  • Mucolysis to decrease the viscosity of bronchial secretions.
  • Acetominophen (paracetamol) toxicity - to reduce the extent of liver injury or methemoglobinemia by maintaining liver glutathione levels.
  • May be useful in the treatment of keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS) (dry eye) Keratoconjunctivitis sicca.
  • Abnormal ocular mucus production.
  • Stromolytic ulcers using drug may have an anticollagenase activity.

Administration

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Further Reading

Publications

Other sources of information

  • Based on Tennant B (1999)Small Animal Formulary.3rd edn. Cheltenham: BSAVA.

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