Acetadote - How to use | Side Effects

This article was medically reviewed by M.Pharm, Marko Tanaskovic on August 12, 2018. To read more about an author, click here.

Acetadote contains active substance called Acetylcysteine.

It is used to prevent and minimize liver damage after paracetamol overdose.


Acetadote should be avoided in following conditions:

  • If you are taking other medications (such as: nitroglycerin)
  • If you have any chronic disease
  • If you have a metabolic disorder
  • If you are allergic┬áto this medicine
  • If you have phenylketonuria (rare genetic disorder)
  • If you have asthma

It should be used only with extra precautions in elderly patients.

Use of Acetadote during pregnancy and breastfeeding

It should be used in pregnancy only if the benefits to the mother outweighs risk to the child.

It is not known whether this medicine passes into breast milk, therefore its use during breasfeeding should be avoided.

Use with other medicines (Interactions)

Acetadote should be avoided in combination with following medicines:

  • Nitroglycerin (medicine used to treat angina)

Inform your doctor if you are taking any other medicines.

How to use

Acetadote dosage form include:

  • injections

It should be administered only by trained medical staff. Therefore, your doctor will choose the dose that is best for you.

Acetadote side effects

Acetadote can cause following side effects:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Narrowing of the bronchi
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever
  • Drowsiness
  • Allergic reaction

Tell your doctor if you are experiencing any side effects.

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If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with a physician or other health-care professional.

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