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I Have Been Taking N-acetylcysteine (NAC) for Trichotillomania for 10 Weeks
I am not a doctor, I am a blogger.
I am not a medical professional, I’m a person telling you about her experience and you should consult your doctor for medical advice.
NAC is an amino acid supplement that has been known to help with trichotillomania.
I have been taking NAC now for a few months and I FINALLY feel like I can give you a review of this product for trichotillomania.
NAC doesn’t seem to work for everyone for whatever reason and there are people who shouldn’t take it at all.
I purchased some of this because I had read so many success stories of people using it and it taking away the urge to pull.
The published medical studies (PubMed) on NAC and trichotillomania looked promising to me and I went for it.
How Much NAC To Take For Trichotillomania
At first I was taking what was recommended on the bottle (1200mg) because in the studies done on others with trichotillomania, the dosage of NAC varied considerably.
I was taking 1200 mg for a few weeks but I wasn’t feeling anything so I doubled the dosage on the bottle and began taking 2400 mg.
A couple weeks later I could tell there was a reduction in my urge to pull, a significant one.
My NAC Regimen Looks Like This:
I’ve had to tweak it a bit because I found out I needed a lot more vitamin C than I was taking.
WATER INTAKE is important! 💧💧
I am making sure that I drink 8 glasses of water a day!
Water is what pushes these supplements through the bloodstream and makes them effective.
You can make drinking water more exciting by getting one of those cups that has time markers on the side.
How Fast Does NAC Work?
I know because most of my hair pulling urges happen at night when I’m tired and I felt the difference.
It’s not all unicorns and rainbows, there are a few down sides to taking this supplement.
Nothing major but definitely things I would have liked to know.
NAC Side Effects
I got a stomach ache when I upped the dosage to 2400mg.
I no longer have tummy troubles at all.
I used to take it with food but now I feel like that doesn’t matter.
But there was definitely tummy issues there for awhile for whatever reason.
I do take apple cider vinegar and I really believe that helps a lot when it comes to balancing the acidity in my body, I thought that was worth mentioning because that probably aided helping my stomach settle with this supplement.
Vitamins for NAC
I have been pairing NAC with vitamin C as recommended.
You need the Vitamin C to prevent oxidation which can cause kidney stones.
I read that that you need just as much vitamin C as NAC! 😮
That’s a lot of Vitamin C, right?
What I have been doing is taking vitamin C supplements and I’m drinking a 16 oz glass of raw vegetable/fruit smoothie each day.
I make the raw juice in a nutri bullet.
It’s pretty easy to do and its good for hair growth and overall health if you can stand the taste.
Kale is one of my favorite things to put in the smoothie because it’s loaded with vitamin C and the only way I can stand raw kale is if it’s pulverized in a smoothie. 😜
How To Know If NAC Is Working
I kept track of how much nac I was taking and noted the side effects.
I was also tracking other things like my diet and pulling patterns.
I knew after about 10 weeks that NAC was working for me, I had some trouble in the beginning staying consistent but now I am taking it regularly (1200mg 2 times a day).
I take the NOW brand, but I really don’t think which brand you take matters?
I read this review of a woman on Amazon who swears NAC cured her son and she used the Swanson brand.
Take whichever brand you want, but keep track of how you’re doing in some sort of journal so that you know if it is helping you.
Do I Have To Take NAC For Trichotillomania Forever?
If I stop taking NAC for any length of time, I know it, the urges do come back so it’s something that has to be on hand at all time now.
I can’t leave somewhere and forget to pack it for the weekend because I do notice the difference.
Do I have to take it the rest of my life?
I don’t know.
I read a review on Amazon and this woman said she thinks she has to take it the rest of her life, but she never updated again.
But wait, there’s more..
This lady here, she updated again a couple times and said her son was able to stop taking it after NAC helped him stop.
You can read her full review here.
NAC is inexpensive, even if I did have to take it forever but I will keep you updated if anything changes.