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Trecator

Ethionamide

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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Trecator 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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Common and Rare Side Effects

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

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

yellow eyes or skin

Rare

Blindness or vision changes

blue-yellow color blindness

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

burning, crawling, itching, numbness, painful, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings

changes in menstrual periods

coldness

decreased sexual ability (in males)

decreased vision

difficulty in concentrating

dry, puffy skin

fast heartbeat

fever

hives, itching, or rash

hoarseness

increased hunger

increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight

irritation

joint pain, stiffness, or swelling

redness or other discoloration of the skin

severe sunburn

shakiness

swelling of the eyelids, face, lips, hands, or feet

swelling of the front part of the neck

tightness in the chest

troubled breathing or swallowing

weakness in the hands or feet

weight gain

Incidence not known

Chills

cold sweats

coma

cool, pale skin

dark urine

dizziness

general tiredness and weakness

headache

light-colored stools

nausea and vomiting

nightmares

seizures

slurred speech

unusual tiredness or weakness

upper right abdominal or stomach pain

yellow eyes and skin

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

Abdominal or stomach pain

diarrhea

increased watering of the mouth

loss of appetite

metallic taste

swelling or inflammation of the mouth

weight loss

Incidence not known

Blemishes on the skin

decreased interest in sexual intercourse

enlargement of the breasts (in males)

inability to have or keep an erection

loss in sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance

pimples

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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