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Ethide Tablet

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Ethide 250 MG Description

Ethide Tablets are used to manage tuberculosis (TB infection). It is a contagious bacterial infection that affects the lungs through inhalation of air droplets or direct contact. The primary use of E

thide tablets is to treat tuberculosis infection in patients when other anti-TB medications are not working. It is used as a second line of treatment in active TB infection along with other medicines. Using it alone will cause rapid development of resistance. The single active ingredient of Ethide tablets is ethionamide. The mode of action of Ethide tablets is to kill the Tuberculosis-causing bacteria by destroying its cell wall. This medicine may be prescribed for a few months, along with other similar medications. Tuberculosis bacteria die very slowly; hence the treatment is long. Besides, it can also quickly develop resistance to anti-tuberculosis medicines. Please strictly follow your doctor’s directions for the use of Ethide tablets. The treatment duration depends on factors, such as the affected person's overall health, immune status, and the drug resistance offered by the bacteria involved. Before prescribing, doctors will perform an exam and decide on a treatment plan. Do not stop using Ethide tablets mid-treatment under any condition, even if you start feeling better. Doing so might cause the infection to return more severely and even become harder to treat.


Product Summary

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ContainsEthionamide(250.0 Mg)
UsesTuberculosis infection
Side effectsNausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal/stomach pain, increased saliva, strange metallic taste in the mouth, loss of appetite, vision problems.
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Uses of Ethide 250 MG

  • As per CDSCO, Ethide tablets are used for the management of tuberculosis infection (mainly in the lungs and rarely in other areas).

Contraindications of Ethide 250 MG

  • If you have a known allergic reaction to any of the components of the Ethide tablet
  • If you have acute or severe liver dysfunction.
  • If you are using only this tablet for the treatment of TB infection.
  • If you have a history of eye conditions like optic neuritis, Ethide tablets can worsen your condition.
  • If you have any eye-related problems like blurry vision or absence of vision.
  • If you have an alcohol addiction, this medicine can cause psychosis.
  • If you are a patient with diabetes, you need to frequently monitor blood glucose levels as Ethide tablets can cause hypoglycemia in some people.
  • If you are a patient with hypothyroidism, this medicine can worsen your condition.
  • If you are currently expecting or planning for a pregnancy.
  • If the patient is younger than 12 years of age.

Side effects of Ethide 250 MG

  • Abdominal or stomach pain
  • Diarrhoea
  • Increased watering of the mouth
  • Loss of appetite
  • Metallic taste
  • Swelling or inflammation of the mouth
  • Weight loss

Precautions and Warnings of Ethide 250 MG



Can I take Ethide tablets during pregnancy?
No, do not take Ethide tablets during pregnancy without consulting your doctor first. A few studies have shown that these tablets can cause structural malformations in the developing baby. In addition to that, there are no adequate and well-controlled studies to establish its safety in pregnant women. Some doctors may prescribe them only in serious situations.

Breast Feeding

Can I take Ethide tablets while breastfeeding?
There is no conclusive information available on the effects of Ethide tablets in nursing women. You can breastfeed your baby when taking Ethide tablets or other anti-tuberculosis medicine only after your doctor’s recommendations. Please monitor the child while breastfeeding for any adverse reactions.


Can I drive if I have taken an Ethide tablet?
Ethide tablets can cause adverse effects like drowsiness, numbness, tingling sensation in arms and feet, blurred vision, etc. These symptoms can affect your ability to drive or operate heavy machinery. Hence you should avoid driving if you experience any of these side effects.


Can I consume alcohol with Ethide tablets?
No, do not consume alcohol with Ethide tablets. Some studies have shown that excessive consumption of alcohol along with Ethide tablets is associated with an increased risk of psychotic disorders.

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
  • You have used Ethide tablets to treat tuberculosis in the past.
  • You want to stop using this medicine because you are feeling better. Do not stop mid-treatment and always complete the entire course of treatment; otherwise, the infection may return, and the current ...
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Mode of Action of Ethide 250 MG

How Does It Work?

Ethide tablets have a single active component: ethionamide. It is an antibiotic (antibacterial). This medication is converted into an active form of medication after being triggered by the enzyme ethA...
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Directions for Use of Ethide 250 MG

  • Take your Ethide tablet exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
  • Do not exceed the dosage.
  • Try to take the whole pill with a glass of water; do not break or chew it.
  • Do not consume Ethide tablets if their packaging is already opened.
  • Do not suddenly stop taking this tablet as it can have adverse effects.
  • Do not take Ethide tablets with other medications without informing your doctor.
  • Try to take an Ethide tablet on an empty stomach as food can interfere with the effectiveness of this medicine. If you experience a severe stomach upset, please consult your doctor.

Interactions of Ethide 250 MG

Interactions with other medicines

  • Ethide tablets interact with other anti-tuberculosis medications even though they are supposed to be consumed along with them. It increases the side effects of other tuberculosis medicines when they a...
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  • Ethide tablets increase the levels of Isoniazid (a medicine used in the first line of treatment for tuberculosis infection) in the blood when used together. It can increase the risk of peripheral neur...
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  • When you use ethide tablets with Cycloserine (2nd line of anti-tuberculosis medicine), the interactions will increase the precipitation of seizures (fits), especially in people who have a history of a...
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  • Using Ethide tablets with rifampicin (1st line anti-tuberculosis medicine) will increase toxicity to the liver.

Interactions with food items

  • Try to avoid caffeine, sodium, spicy condiments, processed sugar and flour. Foods containing saturated and trans fats worsen the TB symptoms of diarrhoea, abdominal cramps, and fatigue.
  • Tobacco should be avoided during the treatment of TB infection.
  • If you using other TB medicines with this tablet, try to avoid food with high tyramine content such as aged cheese, cured meat, soy sauce, beer, red wine, etc.

Storage and disposal of Ethide 250 MG

Store Ethide tablets in dry conditions at room temperature, away from wet surfaces, direct sunlight, and humidity. Keep away from children and pets. Check the expiration date before taking the tablets...
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Dosage of Ethide 250 MG


Overdose of Ethide tablets can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal/stomach pain, increased saliva, strange metallic taste in the mouth, loss of appetite, or sores in the mouth. Please contac...
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Missed a Dose

It is important not to miss a dose of Ethide tablets, as it can lead to multidrug-resistant tuberculosis infection (MDR TB). If you have missed a dose of Ethide tablet, try to take it as soon as you r...
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Content Details


Dr. Varsha Parihar

MBBS, MD (Community Medicine)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q: Is it safe to use other tuberculosis medications with Ethide tablets?

A: Ethide tablets can react with other TB medications and cause side effects. However, they are still used together to prevent Tuberculosis infection as using Ethide tablets alone will cause the TB bacteria to develop resistance against them quickly. This can further result in treatment failure, which can even lead to death in some cases.

Q: Should I stop using Ethide tablets if I am feeling better?

A: Tuberculosis causing bacteria takes a long time to die; hence the treatment takes months. Do not stop using Ethide tablets any time in the middle of the treatment schedule, even if you think you are feeling better. If you stop the treatment in the middle, the bacteria will multiply again and may gain resistance to the current medications. It can cause the medications not to work properly, worsening your condition.

Q: Can I give Ethide tablets to children?

A: It is not advisable to give Ethide tablets to children. The safety of this medicine is not established in children less than 12 years of age. Because children rarely experience multi-drug resistance TB infection (MDR TB), this tablet is generally not required. However, the doctor may sometimes give them in serious conditions. Please consult your doctor first.
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