Myambutol (Ethambutol) was developed in 1961. It is considered to be an essential, safe and effective medication. This drug is well-absorbed and distributed from the digestive tract to body fluids and tissues. 50% of this medication is excreted from the body with urine. Myambutol is taken on a regular basis once every 24 hours.
What Is It Used for?
Myambutol can be used along with other drugs in treating tuberculosis. It works by preventing bacteria from further growth and may be prescribed for the treatment of a range of bacterial infections.
The drug is used by people with Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) and Mycobacterium kansasii. It may be recommended for people with HIV disease in order to prevent the occurrence of MAC infection.
You should not take this antibiotic if it causes an allergic reaction. In order to make sure that you can use Myambutol, you should tell your doctor about your health history, and, in particular, if you have at least one of the following health conditions:
Eye problems (cataracts, optic neuritis, diabetic retinopathy);
Liver or kidney disease.
Also, you should notify your healthcare provider if you consume alcohol since it may increase the risk of liver disease. Generally, you should avoid using alcohol when taking this drug.
It is possible to use Myambutol during pregnancy but only after consulting a healthcare provider. Although this medication is able to pass into breast milk, it is not believed to be harmful to a baby. Still, if you are a breastfeeding mother, you should only use this drug if it is prescribed by your healthcare provider.
Myambutol should not be used by patients who are under 13 years old.
The use of Myambutol may cause a range of side effects. The following are the most common ones:
Loss of appetite;
You should immediately contact your healthcare provider if you experience at least one of the following side effects:
Vision changes, including decreased or blurred vision, color blindness;
Symptoms of liver problems, including persistent vomiting or nausea, unusual weakness or tiredness, severe abdominal or stomach pain, yellowing skin or eyes, dark urine;
Tingling or numbness of legs or arms;
Joint or toe pain.
Can It Interact with Other Medications?
There are 129 drugs known to be able to interact with Myambutol, and 7 of them may lead to major interactions. In particular, you should not use Myambutol with the following medications:
You should definitely consult your healthcare provider if you intend to use Myambutol along with any other drug.