Acetylcysteine

Drug description

This medication decreases the viscosity (thickness) of secretions in the eyes and lungs.

It also reduces the extent of damages to the animal's liver after swallowing acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or xylitol (type of sugar found in chewing gum).

Indications

In domestic animals, acetylcysteine ​​is used:

  • To decrease the thickness of secretions in the lungs and in the eyes.
  • As an antidote for xylitol and Tylenol® poisoning.

Contraindications

Unless otherwise advised by the veterinarian:

  • Do not use this medicine in an animal that has already taken it and has not responded well.
  • It should also be used with caution in animals with certain bronchial disorders.

Side effects

This product may cause nausea, vomiting and, more rarely, hives (multitude of bumps that suddenly appear on the animal's body).

Recommended monitoring

The veterinarian might need to check the animal’s:

  • liver enzymes blood levels;
  • electrolytes (sodium, potassium, chlorine, etc.) blood levels;
  • his hydration status.

Interactions with other drugs

To find out which drugs acetylcysteine ​​can react with, please consult your pet's veterinarian or the monograph accompanying the product.

Storage

Store at room temperature.

Active ingredient

Acetylcysteine

Warning

Use this medication under veterinary supervision only.