N-acetylcysteine in the treatment of trichotillomania

Ana Rita Rodrigues-Barata, Antonella Tosti, Antonio Rodríguez-Pichardo, Francisco Camacho-Martínez

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Trichotillomania is as medical condition caused by the patient himself by pulling out of is own hair, resulting in a perceptible hair loss pattern that frequently is associated with other psychiatric processes. Generally has a chronic course in most patients, and a challenging therapeutical management. There are several available options for is treatment, but the clinical response is not satisfactory in many patients. Recently, N-acetylcisteine, a glutamate modulator, has shown efficacy in the treatment of trichotillomania and other compulsive behaviors, and is considered a new alternative in the management of this condition. We describe two patients with trichotillomania successfully treated with N-acetylcysteine. Nevertheless, further studies need to be conducted to establish the appropriate treatment regimen and to evaluate it long-term efficacy in improving this chronic condition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)176-178
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Trichology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2012


  • Compulsive behavior
  • N-acetylcysteine
  • treatment
  • trichotillomania

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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