molecule

Ethambutol

Molecule Description

Ethambutol belongs to a group of antitubercular medicine used to prevent infecti...
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uses

Uses of Ethambutol

It is used to treat tuberculosis infections along with other medicines.
contraindications

Contraindications of Ethambutol

When should one not use Ethambutol

Do not take this medicine if you have any allergic reaction to this medicine, also if you have any eye problems do not take this medicine unless your doctor suggest you.
sideEffects

Side effects of Ethambutol

Common side effects of this drug are:

  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Blurred vision, eye pain
  • Swelling of face, eyes, lips
  • Skin rash, itching
  • Wheezing
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Lower back pain
precautionsAndWarnings

Precautions and Warnings of Ethambutol

pregnancy

Pregnancy

Q:
Can I take Ethambutol during pregnancy?
A:
It is not safe to take this medicine if you are pregnant or planning for pregnancy. Consult with your doctor before taking this medicine.
breastfeeding

Breast Feeding

Q:
Can I take Ethambutol while breastfeeding?
A:
It is not safe to use during breastfeeding as the studies suggest that this medication poses a risk to infants when used during breastfeeding.
driving

Driving

Q:
Can I drive if I have consumed Ethambutol?
A:
This medicine may cause dizziness or drowsiness. Do not drive until you feel well.
alcohol

Alcohol

Q:
Can I consume alcohol with Ethambutol?
A:
Avoid consumption of alcohol while taking this medicine as it may increase the risk of liver infection.
otherGeneralWarnings

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
  • You have problems with your eyesight
  • You have any kidney problems
modeOfAction

Mode of Action of Ethambutol

How Does It Work?

This medicine inhibits Arabinosyl Transferase which is involved in cell wall biosynthesis. By inhibiting this enzyme, the bacterial cell wall complex production of tuberculosis bacterium is inhibited....
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interactions

Interactions of Ethambutol

Interactions with other medicines

It has significant interactions with medicines such as Leflunomide, Teriflunomide, BCG and Cholera Vaccine, Lomitapide, Mipomersen, Vigabatrin, etc. It has moderate interactions with numerous medicine...
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Interactions with food items

No specific food interactions have been reported yet.
dietaryRestrictions

Dietary Restrictions of Ethambutol

No information is available on dietary restrictions while you are taking Ethambutol, consult your doctor or pharmacist for further information.
dosage

Dosage of Ethambutol

Overdose

Overdose is associated with liver toxicity and exaggeration of the known side effects on the eye. If you think you have taken too much of this medicine, seek emergency medical attention.

Missed a Dose

Take the missed dose as early as possible. Skip the missed dose & do not take extra medicine to compensate for the missed dose.

Content Details

WRITTEN BY
doctor

Dr. Nikita Toshi

BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery)

REVIEWED BY
doctor

Dr. Ritu Budania

MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Q: What should I discuss with my healthcare expert before taking this medicine?

  • You should not use this medication if you are allergic to it. Inform the doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
  • Gouty arthritis—Ethambutol may cause or worsen the gout attacks
  • Kidney disease—Patients with kidney problems are more likely to have side effects
  • Optic neuritis (eye nerve damage)
  • Ethambutol may cause or worsen eye disease

Q: When and how to consume this medicine?

A: Take this medicine after having food at the same time each day along with a glass of water (preferably taken with breakfast every morning).
Last Updated on: 05 Oct 2020 | 10:47 PM (IST)

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