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Ethionamide

Molecule Description

Ethionamide is an antibiotic that is used for the treatment of tuberculosis.
    Uses
    Contraindications
    Side effects
    Precautions and Warnings
    Mode of Action
    Interactions
    Dietary Restrictions
    Dosage
    FAQs
    References
uses

Uses of Ethionamide

  • It is a part of a second-line regimen for treatment of active tuberculosis
  • To treat Leprosy
contraindications

Contraindications of Ethionamide

When should one not use Ethionamide

You are suffering from severe liver disease.
sideEffects

Side effects of Ethionamide

Common side effects of this drug are:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Increased saliva
  • Metallic taste in the mouth
  • Loss of appetite
  • Stomach pain
  • Sores in the mouth
  • Liver problems
  • Tingling or numbness of hands and feet
precautionsAndWarnings

Precautions and Warnings of Ethionamide

pregnancy

Pregnancy

Q:
Can I take Ethionamide during pregnancy?
A:
It is probably unsafe to use this medicine during pregnancy.
breastfeeding

Breast Feeding

Q:
Can I take Ethionamide while breastfeeding?
A:
  • It must be used with caution in breastfeeding mothers as data on safety are unavailable Your doctor will prescribe this medicine to you if the benefits outweigh the risks
driving

Driving

Q:
Can I drive if I have consumed Ethionamide?
A:
Taking this medicine may cause a headache. Drive only when you feel comfortable.
alcohol

Alcohol

Q:
Can I consume alcohol with Ethionamide?
A:
Avoid drinking alcohol while taking this medicine. It is known to cause side effects.
otherGeneralWarnings

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
  • Your symptoms do not improve even after 2 to 3 weeks or if they continuously become worse
  • You have an underactive thyroid or diabetes
  • You consume alcohol
modeOfAction

Mode of Action of Ethionamide

How Does It Work?

This medicine works by stopping the growth of cells of tuberculosis bacteria by destroying their cell walls; this prevents them from growing and hence controls the tuberculosis infection.
interactions

Interactions of Ethionamide

Interactions with other medicines

Warfarin

Interactions with food items

No information is available on interactions of Ethionamide when taken with food, so consult your doctor or pharmacist for details.
dietaryRestrictions

Dietary Restrictions of Ethionamide

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

Dosage of Ethionamide

Overdose

Promptly seek emergency medical attention. Overdose of Ethionamide may include nausea, vomiting, pain in the abdomen or reduced appetite.

Missed a Dose

Take the missed dose of medicine as early as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is too late and follow the regular schedule. 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 Ethionamide?

A: Give a detailed account of your medical and surgical history. Also, inform your doctor about all the prescription and non-prescription medicines, herbal preparations and nutritional supplements that you may be taking before starting this medication. Inform the doctor of allergies, if any.

Q: Can I take this medicine if I am a diabetic?

A: If you have diabetes, check your blood sugar regularly and keep your doctor informed about the same.

Q: Is there anything else that I should know about Ethionamide?

A: This medicine should not be given for the children below 12 years of age.
Last Updated on: 05 Oct 2020 | 10:47 PM (IST)

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