Generic Name: ethambutol, Oral tablet

Generic Name:

ethambutol, Oral tablet

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Highlights for ethambutol

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ETHAMBUTOL (e THAM byoo tole) is used to treat tuberculosis (TB). This medicine is never used alone, but always with another medicine.
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Talk to your healthcare provider if you have any of these conditions.
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Know what to watch for and get tips for reducing your risks while taking this drug.
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ethambutol Side Effects

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Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • breathing problems
  • changes in vision
  • confusion, disoriented
  • fever or chills, sore throat
  • hallucinations
  • joint aches, pain, or swelling
  • numb or tingling pain in the hands or feet
  • trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
  • unusually weak or tired

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • dizziness
  • headache
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea, vomiting
  • stomach pain
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ethambutol May Interact with Other Medications

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  • antacids with aluminum
  • supplements or vitamins with aluminum
Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs interact differently in each person, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible interactions. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always speak with your healthcare provider about possible interactions with all prescription drugs, vitamins, herbs and supplements, and over-the-counter drugs that you are taking.
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How to Use ethambutol

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Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take this medicine with or without food. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. For your therapy to work as well as possible, take each dose exactly as prescribed. Do not skip doses or stop your medicine even if you feel better. Skipping doses may make the TB resistant to this medicine and other medicines. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 13 years of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • eye problems or disease
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to ethambutol, other medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding
What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor for regular check ups. Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.

Tell your doctor or health care professional right away if you have any change in your eyesight.

Do not take any medicines that contain aluminum for 4 hours before or after you take this medicine.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

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How Much Does ethambutol Cost?

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Walgreens $46.56
Rite-Aid $50.36
CVS Pharmacy $61.06
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Last Updated: May 12, 2009

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