Acetylcysteine – A Drug Helping in Treating Different Lung Diseases

Millions of people in the UK suffer due to lung disease. Lung disease happens when there is a problem in the trachea or bronchi. These problems can be asthma, COPD, bronchitis, emphysema, cystic fibrosis, pneumonia, and many more. There are various options for treating lung disease. Some undergo surgery, while some take medicines.

Acetylcysteine is an oral inhalation solution for treating any type of lung disease. It is inhaled by mouth, to loosen mucus in the airways due to any sort of lung disease. This thick mucus blocks the passage that makes us uneasy all day as we are unable to breathe.  Acetylcysteine helps in clearing the mucus from the lungs so that we can breathe normally. Doctors proscribe inhalation of acetylcysteine as it prevents liver damage.

SM Pharmaceuticals is one of the leading pharma companies in Thailand. The company was established in 1962 and since then they have delivered the best quality and service. To know what is acetylcysteine (acetylcysteine คือ, this is the term in Thai), you can check their website. They not only launch medicines but also provide complete details, dosage, and function of the medicine to maintain transparency with customers.

How to use Acetylcysteine?

  • Consult a physician before using Acetylcysteine. They give directions and dosage to avoid any side effects.
  • Initially, you may feel a slight odour when you breathe after inhalation. This odour fades quickly.
  • If you are inhaling while wearing a face mask, you may feel slight stickiness. So, wash your face after inhalation.
  • Another way of taking the medicine is orally by mixing it with a liquid, like cola to avoid vomiting or nausea. However, this is done only when the doctor prescribes to do so.

 Side Effects

There may be severe side effects –

  • Abdominal pain
  • Runny nose
  • Nausea

You need to contact a doctor immediately if these symptoms persist.

Common side effects are –

  • Breathing problem
  • Coughing
  • Vomiting
  • irritation in the throat and airway
  • coughing up blood
  • foul odour
  • tightness in your chest
  • calmness
  • increased volume of mucus
  • drowsiness,
  • shortness of breath
  • fever
  • wheezing
  • black stool

You can always contact a doctor when you feel the symptoms are increasing. Even if you have mild symptoms you can still consult your physician just to ensure that the medication isn’t harming your body.

If you’re taking it orally then you may experience symptoms like balk stool, abdominal pain, or vomit. While inhaling you may experience, chest tightness or breathlessness.

A severe allergic reaction to Acetylcysteine will be –

  • rash
  • itching
  • swelling in face, throat, or tongue
  • dizziness
  • short of breath


 It is wise to tell your doctor if you’re allergic to anything. Remember, the doctor prescribes Acetylcysteine to patients only when they’re sure that the patient can consume it without any major side effects. If you have a stomach ulcer or asthma, you should inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.

Acetylcysteine is either used for short-term or long-term treatment. If you stop taking the drug the problem may increase or might get worse. If you take too much dosage it can harm your lungs. If you find that the dosage prescribed isn’t helping anymore, you can contact your doctor for a recommendation. If Acetylcysteine works positively then you will experience more mucus in your cough which will make your breathing better.