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Ethambutol

Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor required

Ethambutol is an antibiotic that is used in the treatment of Tuberculosis (TB). It functions by halting the growth of bacteria; TB cells which result in cell death. It is limited only to the treatment of antibacterial infections. Aside from Tuberculosis it is also used in the treatment of Mycobacterium avium complex and Mycobacterium kansasii. Overdosing on Ethambutol can cause serious health and eye problems primarily affecting the vision leading to sometimes irreparable vision loss.

Side-effects may include headache, stomach upset, nausea, loss of appetite, liver diseases, abdominal pain, few allergic reactions, etc. Ethambutol is ill-advised for use in children below the age of five years. In case symptoms persists contact your doctor immediately.

Do not use Ethambutol as part of your treatment if:

  • You are allergic to any of the ingredients contained within Ethambutol
  • You are already pregnant, or are planning to become pregnant soon or are breastfeeding.
  • You have any kind of food allergies.
  • You already have persisting kidney or liver problems.
  • You are under treatment with other kinds of medications even if it is herbal.
  • If you are taking any kind of dietary supplements.
  • If you have any kind of eye diseases.
Common ways by which you should take Ethambutol are through your mouth; either without food or along with it in case of any problems. But it is important that you take it at the same time with your food every day. However, in case you miss your daily dose, take it as soon as you realize it. In case you miss it entirely, do not by any means overdose on it the next day. This might lead to adverse effects. Do not take an antacid containing aluminum hydroxide within four hours of consuming Ethambutol.

Information given here is based on the salt content of the medicine. Uses and effects of the medicine may vary from person to person. It is advisable to consult a Pulmonologist before using this medicine.
  • Tuberculosis

    Ethambutol is used in the treatment of tuberculosis which is a lung disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
  • Allergy

    Not recommended in patients with known allergy to Ethambutol.
  • Optic Neuritis

    Not recommended in patients any history of vision disorder or optic neuritis.
  • Chills

  • Pain And Swelling Of Joint

  • Loss Of Vision Or Blurred Vision

  • Fever

  • Burning Or Tingling Sensation Of Hands And Feet

  • Skin Rash

  • Abdominal Pain

  • Confusion

  • Headache

  • Loss Of Appetite

  • Nausea Or Vomiting

  • How long is the duration of effect?

    The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 9 to 12 hours.
  • What is the onset of action?

    The effect of this medicine can be observed in 2 to 4 hours.
  • Are there any pregnancy warnings?

    This medicine is not recommended for use during pregnancy unless absolutely necessary. Consult your doctor about the potential benefits and risks before deciding to take this medicine.
  • Is it habit forming?

    No habit forming tendencies were reported.
  • Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

    This medicine is excreted through breastmilk. It is recommended for breastfeeding women only if clearly needed. The risk and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Missed Dose instructions

    If you miss a dose of Ethambutol, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it’s almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed dose.
  • Overdose instructions

    Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
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Ethambutol is an antitubercular medicine. It works by inhibiting the enzyme arabinosyl transferase and stops mycobacterium cell wall synthesis by inhibiting the polymerization of arabinolgycan which is an essential component of cell wall synthesis.

Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

  • Interaction with Disease

    Disease

    Information not available.
  • Interaction with Alcohol

    Alcohol

    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Interaction with Lab Test

    Lab

    Information not available.
  • Interaction with Food

    Food

    Information not available.
  • Interaction with Medicine

    Cholera Vaccine

    If you have taken Ethambutol, then it is advisable to wait for 14 days before taking Cholera vaccine. Usage of other antibiotics and vaccines should be reported to the doctor.

    Atorvastatin

    These medicines may increase the risk of nerve damage if given together. Any symptoms of numbness, tingling or burning sensation in feet, hands should be informed to the doctor. An alternate medicine should be considered based on the clinical condition.

    Antacids

    The antacid preparations may decrease the absorption of Ethambutol. Inform your doctor if you are receiving any gastric medications. You are advised to maintain time gap of 4 hours between these two medications. Necessary dose adjustments are to be made if necessary.
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