Benefits of NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine)

Posted by otter2154 @otter2154, Feb 19 7:34am

Has anyone here had success taking NAC? I’ve read about many lung benefits (better breathing and reduced mucus, long-term). Interested in hearing about others’ experience.

@otter2154 Below I have linked a Mayo Clinic page related to Acetylcysteine.

Mayo Clinic
– Acetylcysteine (Inhalation Route) https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/acetylcysteine-inhalation-route/description/drg-20061456
https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/acetylcysteine-oral-route/precautions/drg-20311314
https://www.mayoclinicproceedings.org/article/S0025-6196(19)30396-9/abstract

I'm tagging members @silverkat @merpreb @gabrielm @mrbill @waterboy @windwalker @fighter @sistertwo @nla4625 because they have been recently active members of Lung Health and may have information on this topic.

May I ask if you know if insurance covers this medication?

REPLY
@erikas

@otter2154 Below I have linked a Mayo Clinic page related to Acetylcysteine.

Mayo Clinic
– Acetylcysteine (Inhalation Route) https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/acetylcysteine-inhalation-route/description/drg-20061456
https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/acetylcysteine-oral-route/precautions/drg-20311314
https://www.mayoclinicproceedings.org/article/S0025-6196(19)30396-9/abstract

I'm tagging members @silverkat @merpreb @gabrielm @mrbill @waterboy @windwalker @fighter @sistertwo @nla4625 because they have been recently active members of Lung Health and may have information on this topic.

May I ask if you know if insurance covers this medication?

Jump to this post

I’m not sure. I have good insurance (after the deductible), so probably yes. Mostly, I was wondering about the NAC supplements (pills) you get at the store (or from Amazon).

REPLY

@otter2154 I have used N-acetyl cysteine before. It's good for breaking up mucus and a immune booster. Everyone is different, doesn't hurt to give it a try. I'm not sure what medications or supplements you are taking- so maybe ask you doctor if there are any contraindication before hand. Try not to introduce to many things at one time, it will be hard to determine what is helping and what is not.

REPLY
@fracturedd

@otter2154 I have used N-acetyl cysteine before. It's good for breaking up mucus and a immune booster. Everyone is different, doesn't hurt to give it a try. I'm not sure what medications or supplements you are taking- so maybe ask you doctor if there are any contraindication before hand. Try not to introduce to many things at one time, it will be hard to determine what is helping and what is not.

Jump to this post

I’ve recently started mucinex 1200 mg twice a day (with lots of water) and I’ll stick with this for a couple weeks and see what happens. If the results are negligible, I’ll stop and then try the NAC for a couple weeks and see.

REPLY

I have severe COPD, and am an Alpha-1 carrier (MZ). I don't have severe coughing and when I cough it is usually non-productive. I am not sure this would help me, but have sent a message to my wonderful, and very hard working Pulmonologist at Mayo in Rochester, Dr Alexander Niven and will update when he responds.

REPLY
@erikas

@otter2154 Below I have linked a Mayo Clinic page related to Acetylcysteine.

Mayo Clinic
– Acetylcysteine (Inhalation Route) https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/acetylcysteine-inhalation-route/description/drg-20061456
https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/acetylcysteine-oral-route/precautions/drg-20311314
https://www.mayoclinicproceedings.org/article/S0025-6196(19)30396-9/abstract

I'm tagging members @silverkat @merpreb @gabrielm @mrbill @waterboy @windwalker @fighter @sistertwo @nla4625 because they have been recently active members of Lung Health and may have information on this topic.

May I ask if you know if insurance covers this medication?

Jump to this post

My pulmonologist at Mayo, Rochester, replied to my question about this treatment….. DR ALEXANDER NIVEN "The honest answer regarding NAC is that I am indifferent regarding its role in COPD. There are some COPD patients who swear by it, and in those patients I don't actively discontinue it, but I rarely if ever initiate it on my own. We have been studying NAC for 30 years, and there is still not a convincing signal of benefit despite multiple trials, many with conflicting results. I mostly think of this medication when there is a structural airway abnormality (like a mass blocking most of an airway) or rarely in the setting of terribly tenaceous secretions."

REPLY

Thanks for your follow-up. My pulmonologist wasn’t too keen on NAC either, yet I did find some recent research from Kaiser that strongly endorsed it. I am taking it now and will give it time to see if I get results.

REPLY
Please sign in or register to post a reply.