The prescription medication acetylcysteine is available as an oral effervescent tablet, an injectable solution, and an inhalation solution. An effervescent tablet may be dissolved in fluids. N-acetylcysteine interacts with the mucus’ chemical components to lessen its stickiness and facilitate coughing. The amino acid L-cysteine serves as the source of the supplement NAC.
Generic versions of acetylcysteine inhalation solutions are offered. Drugs with generic names typically cost less compared to brand names. A nebulizer is needed to transform this medication into a mist for the inhalation solution variant of N-acetylcysteine. There was also research that NAC can consistently and significantly lessen symptoms of chronic bronchitis, a persistent airway inflammation. This condition includes a buildup of mucus, a cough, and other symptoms.
The experts recommend a daily dose of 600 mg of NAC for patients without airway obstruction and up to 1,200 mg when an obstruction occurs. Some of its side effects are hives, swelling, fever, and breathing difficulties. Consult a doctor before pursuing this course of action.