Felis ISSN 2398-2950

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

  • Acetylcysteine is a mucolytic agent which is used to decrease the viscosity of bronchial secretions.
  • It also reduces the extent of liver injury or methemoglobinemia following acetominophen toxicity by maintaining glutathione levels in the liver.
  • May be useful in the treatment of keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS) (dry eye)   Eye: keratoconjunctivitis sicca  .
  • In cases of abnormal ocular mucus production.
  • In the treatment of stromolytic ulcers where the 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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