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Ethionamide

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ETHIONAMIDE is an antibiotic. It is used to treat tuberculosis (TB). This medicine is used with other medicines and should never be used alone. It will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections. Compare antimycobacterials.
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Ethionamide Side Effects

What should I watch for?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check ups. You will need blood work done regularly. Have your eyes examined as directed by your doctor.

If you have stomach upset, talk with your doctor. Do not stop taking this medicine. The side effects may get better with time.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

If you are diabetic check your blood sugar as directed. This medicine may lower you blood sugar levels. Talk to your doctor about what your blood sugar should be and when to contact them.

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Interactions with Medications

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

Less common

Clumsiness or unsteadiness

confusion

mental depression

mood or other mental changes

numbness, tingling, burning, or pain in hands and feet

yellow eyes or skin

Rare

Blurred vision or loss of vision, with or without eye pain

changes in menstrual periods

coldness

decreased sexual ability (in males)

difficulty in concentrating

dry, puffy skin

faster heartbeat

increased hunger

nervousness

shakiness

skin rash

swelling of front part of neck

weight gain

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

Dizziness (especially when getting up from a lying or sitting position)

loss of appetite

metallic taste

nausea or vomiting

sore mouth

Less common or rare

Enlargement of the breasts (in males)

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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