February 12, 2016

N-Acetyl Cysteine

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What other names is N-acetyl Cysteine known by?

Acetyl Cysteine, Acétyl Cystéine, Acetylcysteine, Acétylcystéine, Chlorhydrate de Cystéine, Cysteine, Cystéine, Cysteine Hydrochloride, Cystine, Hydrochlorure de Cystéine, L-Cysteine, L-Cystéine, L-Cysteine HCl, L-Cystéine HCl, NAC, N-Acetil Cisteína, N-Acetyl-B-Cysteine, N-Acétyl Cystéine, N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine, N-Acétyl-L-Cystéine, N-Acetylcysteine, N-Acétylcystéine.

What is N-acetyl Cysteine?

N-acetyl cysteine comes from the amino acid L-cysteine. (Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins).

Effective for...

  • Helping to prevent crusting in people with tracheostomy.
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol) poisoning.
  • Reducing mucus and helping with breathing in various lung conditions.
  • Cystic fibrosis.

Possibly Effective for...

  • Chest pain (angina).
  • Preventing complications of chronic bronchitis.
  • Preventing complications of lung disease (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD).
  • Preventing side effects of ifosfamide (Ifex, used for certain types of cancer).
  • Preventing kidney problems with dyes used during some X-ray exams.
  • Reducing homocysteine levels (a possible risk factor for heart disease).
  • Reducing symptoms of the flu.
  • Treating some types of epilepsy (seizures).
  • Treating a lung disease called fibrosing alveolitis.
  • Preventing problems such as heart attack and stroke in people with serious kidney disease.

Possibly Ineffective for...

  • Preventing side effects of doxorubicin (used for certain types of cancer).
  • Treating amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease).

Likely Ineffective for...

  • Preventing new tumors in people with head and neck cancer, or lung cancer.
  • Treating Alzheimer's disease.
  • Improving how the body responds to nitroglycerin (Nitrostat).
  • Treating organ failure.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Carbon monoxide poisoning; allergic reactions to phenytoin (Dilantin); ear infections; hayfever; removing heavy metals such as mercury, lead, and cadmium from the body; chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS); preventing alcoholic liver damage; protecting against environmental pollutants; colon cancer; and other conditions.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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