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Ethionamide is used for treating tuberculosis (TB) infections in combination with other medicines. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Use Ethionamide as directed by your doctor.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Ethionamide.
- Ethionamide may be taken with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
- Ethionamide should be taken in combination with other medicines.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Ethionamide is an antibacterial agent. It works by inhibiting or stopping the growth of TB cells, which results in cell death.
If you miss a dose of Ethionamide, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Store Ethionamide at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Keep Ethionamide out of the reach of children and away from pets.
Possible Side Effects
Check with your doctor if any of these most common side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these severe side effects occur:
- diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; headache; increased salivation; loss of appetite; metallic taste; mouth sores; nausea; restlessness; stomach pain; vomiting; weight loss.
- severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); change in sense of smell; depression; easy bruising or bleeding; low blood sugar (e.g., increased heartbeat, headache, chills, sweating, tremor, increased hunger, changes in vision, nervousness, weakness, dizziness, drowsiness, fainting); tingling of hands or feet; vision changes (e.g., loss of vision); yellowing of the skin or eyes.
Ethionamide is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.