NAC vs. Glutathione: Differences and When to Use Them

You may be wondering about the differences and benefits of NAC vs. glutathione. This article will help you understand the benefits of each treatment and the differences between the two.

This article will compare and contrast NAC ( Acetylcysteine) and glutathione, how they are typically used as supplements, and when someone might want one versus the other.

NAC (Acetylcysteine)

NAC (Acetylcysteine) comes from an amino acid known as L-cysteine. Amino acids are the building blocks that make up proteins. NAC is an antioxidant that may be important in preventing cancer.

NAC is often used to treat cough and other lung conditions. It may also be used to treat the flu, dry eye, and various other conditions. However, there is not much medical research that provides solid evidence of its effectiveness.

NAC can cause side effects when taken by mouth such as:

  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

When inhaled, NAC can cause side effects such as:

  • Swelling in the mouth
  • Runny nose
  • Drowsiness
  • Clamminess
  • Chest tightness


Glutathione comprises the amino acids glycine, cysteine, and glutamic acid. Your liver produces it, and it is involved in many body processes, such as tissue building and repair, making chemicals and protein needed in your body, and immune system function.

You can take glutathione to reverse the signs of aging, fight alcohol abuse, liver disease, heart disease, and many other conditions. However, there is not sufficient scientific evidence for the role that glutathione plays in treating these illnesses.

There is not much information available about the side effects that glutathione can cause when taken by mouth or inhaled, but when applied to your skin, it may cause a rash. It is not known if it is safe to use glutathione when pregnant or breastfeeding, so it is advised to avoid it if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. You should not inhale glutathione if you have asthma, as this can worsen asthma symptoms. It is unknown whether or not glutathione may have negative interactions with other drugs.

Although Drip Hydration does not currently offer NAC IV treatments, we offer our All-Inclusive IV, which includes glutathione and a glutathione add-on. Contact us through our website or phone to learn more about NAC vs. glutathione and order an IV treatment.

In-Home IV Treatments With Drip Hydration

Drip Hydration offers mobile IV treatments in the comfort of your home. Once you book your appointment, a certified nurse will come to your desired location and administer the treatment, which usually takes less than an hour. During this time, you can do anything you’d like, such as relax under a warm blanket or watch TV. Drip Hydration will also go to hotels, worksites, or other locations upon request.

You can either browse our treatment options and decide which is best for you or speak to a representative who can help you choose what you need based on your health goals. To schedule your appointment or learn more, contact us today!