Myambutol

1 What is Myambutol?

Brand: Myambutol

Generic: Ethambutol

Myambutol is an antibiotic used for the treatment of tuberculosis. This drug is used in combination with other drugs for tuberculosis.

Take this drug full time of treatment to ensure complete drug therapy and prevent any relapses. This drug requires a prescription.

2 What to Know Before Using

Before using Myambutol, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it. Inform your healthcare provider for any allergic reactions to these drugs or any other drugs, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.

Carefully read the label of non-prescription drugs for any possible allergic reaction or contraindications. This drug has not been shown to cause different side effects or problems in any age group.

This drug is not recommended for use in children up to 6 years of age because it may be hard to tell if they are having side effects affecting their eyes. It is still unknown whether this drug works exactly the same way in younger adults.

Adverse effects have been reported in animal studies but studies in pregnant women or animals are still inadequate.

This drug poses minimal risk to the infant when used during breastfeeding. Drugs should not be taken together to prevent any interactions but in necessary cases inquire your healthcare provider regarding the adjustments in dosage or any other necessary precautions to prevent any unwanted side effects.

Inform your healthcare professional if you are taking any other drugs such as:

  • Aluminum Distearate
  • Aluminum Hydroxide
  • Dihydroxyaluminum Aminoacetate
  • Dihydroxyaluminum Sodium Carbonate or
  • Magaldrate

Intake of specific food or using alcohol or tobacco with this drug is associated with an increased risk of certain side effects. Your healthcare professional can give you special instructions about the use of food, alcohol, or tobacco.

Inform your healthcare provider for any other medical problems such as gouty arthritis, or kidney disease.

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3 Proper Usage

To use Myambutol properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor. To prevent an upset stomach, this drug may be taken with food.

It is recommended to take this drug for the full time of treatment to ensure complete drug therapy and prevent any relapses. You may have to take it every day for as long as 1 to 2 years or more.

The dose of this drug will be variable for different patients. The directions on the label or the prescription by your healthcare professional should be followed.

The dosage of this drug you take depends on the medical problem for which you are using this drug. Adults and children 13 years of age and older with tuberculosis are given 15 to 25 milligrams per kilogram of body weight once a day. You may take 50 mg per kg of body weight, up to a total of 2.5 grams, two times a week.

Another dose that your doctor may tell you to take is 25 to 30 mg per of body weight, up to a total of 2.5 grams, three times a week.

This drug must be taken with other drugs to treat tuberculosis. Use and dose in infants and children up to 13 years of age must be determined by your healthcare professional. A missed dose should be taken as soon as possible.

However, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule if it is almost time for your next dose.

Store the drug in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing. Keep out of the reach of children.

Dispose any outdated or expired drugs and ask your healthcare professional for the proper disposal of the drugs.

4 Precautions to Take

Before using Myambutol, there are some precautions you must take. Consult with your healthcare professional if your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse within 2 to 3 weeks.

It is very important that your doctor checks your progress at regular visits. Seek medical attention immediately if you experience blurred vision, eye pain, red-green color blindness, or loss of vision occurs during treatment.

You may be referred to an ophthalmologist to have your eyes checks. Be careful in taking this drug before you drive, use machines, or do anything else that could be dangerous.

5 Potential Side Effects

Make sure you meet with your doctor in using Myambutol to avoid unwanted potential side effects. Seek advice from your healthcare professional immediately if you experience any unusual symptoms such. Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention.

As your body adjusts to the medicine, the side effects will slowly disappear. Ask your healthcare professional about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.

If any of the following side effects persists or are inconvenient, or if you notice any other effects, or if you have any questions about them, consult with your health care professional. Report any side effects to the FDA hotline at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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