Antibiotic Myambutol (ethambutol)
Myambutol is used with other medications to treat tuberculosis. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria.
Composition of Myambutol:
This medicine is a chemotherapeutic agent which is effective against growing microorganisms of the genus Mycobacterium. This medicine is available in 100 and 400 mg tablets. It contains the following inactive ingredients Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Gelatin, Sorbitol, Magnesium Stearate, Stearic Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Sucrose and few other ingredients.
Uses of Myambutol:
This medicine is mostly used to eliminate bacteria that cause TB. It is used in combination with other medicines. It also prevents the spreading of diseases to others.
Side- Effects of Myambutol:
Like all other medicines, Myambutol can also cause side effects. Many people can have minor to no side effects. Some of the common side effects are vomiting, appetite loss, headache, dizziness, body discomfort, nausea, upset or pain in stomach. Apart from these side effects, there are certain side effects which will require immediate medical attention. Some of them are listed below:- Chest pain, dark urine; fever, chills, or sore throat, hallucinations,confusion, joint pain, severe tenderness, lower back pain, numbness of the legs, hands, or feet, pale stools, loss of appetite, redness of the skin, swelling, stomach pain, swollen glands in the neck, unusual bruising or bleeding, vision loss, yellowing of the skin, allergic reactions resulting in itching, rash; hives, unable to breathe, uncomfortable feeling in the chest,
Contraindications of Myambutol:
If you are allergic to this medicine or to any ingredient of this medicine or if you have any other allergies let your doctor know. The medicine has certain inactive ingredients which can be the sourceof allergic reactions. The doctor will only prescribe this medicine if the benefits outweigh the risks involved. The doctor will also ask for your medical history and would like to know if you have a history of eye problems, kidney disease or liver disease. Also, if you are using any prescription or non- prescription or herbal products. Alcohol should not be used while using this medicine. It can increase the risk of liver infections. It only works against bacteria and not against viral infections. If the medicine is used for a long term, it may cause other infections. The safety and effectiveness of this medicine in children below the age of 13 is not confirmed yet,hence, it should not be used for them. Make sure that you complete the full course of this medicine, even if there are signs of improvements in the early stages.
Pregnancy and Myambutol:
Do not use this medicine if you are pregnant. Consult your doctor know before using his medicine. You will have to discuss the possible risks of using this medicine during pregnancy. It can pass into the breast milk.