N-acetylcysteine for obsessive-compulsive disorder

November 2006
Townsend Letter;Nov2006, Issue 280, p45
The article presents a commentary on a study conducted on N-acetylcysteine (NAC) as treatment for obssesive-compulsive disorder in Washington D.C. It presents the case of a 58-year-old woman whose medication was added with a 600mg/day of N-acetylcysteine. NAC is believed to reduce synaptic glutamatergic activity which is implicated on the pathophysiology of the disorder. Results indicated a clear improvement on the patients disorder which persisted with the continued use of NAC.


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