What is Ethambutol and what is it used for:
Ethambutol is an antibiotic medication used to treat tuberculosis (TB). It works by inhibiting the growth of the TB bacteria. Ethambutol is usually used in combination with other medications to treat active TB infections.
How to take Ethambutol:
Ethambutol is taken orally, usually once daily, with or without food. The dosage and duration of treatment will depend on the individual's condition and response to treatment. It is important to take the medication exactly as prescribed and to complete the full course of treatment, even if symptoms improve.
Possible side effects of Ethambutol:
Ethambutol may cause some side effects, including:
Nausea or vomiting
Loss of appetite
Dizziness or confusion
Visual changes or loss of vision
Joint pain or swelling
Fever or chills
If any of these side effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor immediately. Seek emergency medical attention if you experience any signs of an allergic reaction, such as hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Precautions and warnings for Ethambutol:
Before taking Ethambutol, inform your doctor if you have any medical conditions, such as kidney disease or eye problems. Ethambutol may interact with certain medications, including antacids and other TB medications. It is important to inform your doctor of all medications and supplements you are taking.
Ethambutol may cause visual changes or loss of vision, particularly with long-term use or at higher doses. Regular eye exams are recommended while taking Ethambutol. If you experience any changes in vision, inform your doctor immediately.
Ethambutol may also cause liver damage or exacerbate liver disease. Inform your doctor if you have any symptoms of liver problems, such as jaundice or abdominal pain.
Myambutol (Ethambutol) is a prescription medication and should only be taken under the supervision of a healthcare provider.