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Acetylcysteine (Mucomyst®)
Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith
Respiratory System
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Acetylcysteine is a mucolytic agent, meaning it breaks down or dissolves mucus. It is usually given by nebulization to dogs and cats. It is used to treat certain lung conditions when increased amounts of mucus make breathing difficult. Acetylcysteine liquefies (thins) or dissolves mucus so that it may be coughed up. Acetylcysteine may also be given orally as an antidote for acetaminophen toxicity or overdose. Acetylcysteine is quite safe, and side effects are rare, although difficulty breathing and hives have been reported. When given orally, the medication does not taste good, and may need to be flavored. If you have difficulty giving the medication, contact your veterinarian.


Keep this and all other medications out of the reach of children and pets.


If you think your pet has been poisoned...

Contact your veterinarian or one of the Animal Poison Hotlines (listed below) if you think your pet may have accidentally received or been given an overdose of the medication.

**ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center - 24-hour service available throughout North America.
www.aspca.org/apcc

1-888-4ANI-HELP (1-888-426-4435). $65.00 per case, billed to caller's credit card.

Follow-up calls can be made for no additional charge by dialing 888-299-2973.

There is no charge when the call involves a product covered by the Animal Product Safety Service.

**Pet Poison Helpline - 24-hour service available throughout North America for pet owners and veterinary professionals who require assistance with treating a potentially poisoned pet.

1-800-213-6680 ($59.00 per incident). Staffed 24-hours a day.

Updated 6/20/17


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