Why is Myambutol prescribed?
Myambutol, with the generic name Ethambutol, is used to treat tuberculosis. Tuberculosis is an infection of the lungs that cause symptoms like, persistent cough, weight loss, and night sweats.
What does it do?
Ethambutol is classified under anti-mycobacterial antibiotics, which halts the growth of bacteria causing tuberculosis (Mycobacterium tuberculosis), to eliminate the infection and provide relief of symptoms.
How should I take it?
Myambutol is currently available as a 400mg tablet taken whole (not split, chewed, or crushed) by mouth with food. This medication is usually taken for several months, do not discontinue taking this medication unless told otherwise by your doctor.
The dosage strength and frequency depend on every patient’s condition and the doctor’s prescription. It is imperative that you do not self-medicate and only take this drug after consulting with your doctor or pharmacist to determine the best dosage and dosing schedule for the treatment of your condition.
What if I missed a dose?
The proper use of medications is needed to achieve the desired effect of any drug. As much as possible, strictly follow your doctor’s prescribed dosing schedule. If you miss a dose, apply immediately. However, if it’s close to the next dose, skip the missed dose and proceed with the regular dosing schedule. Never administer two doses at the same time to make up for a missed dose, unless told otherwise.
What are the special precautions before taking Myambutol?
Inform your doctor about all the medications you are taking. Discuss your current and previous medical history and any allergic reactions to Myambutol, or any other ingredients included in the manufacture of this medication.
Inform your doctor if you had any form of surgery or if you are planning to get one.
For the drug label information of Myambutol, click here.
Does it have any side effects?
All medications can exhibit side effects and adverse reactions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Common side effects may include:
- Changes in appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Numbness or tingling sensation in the hands or feet
Serious side effects may include:
- Itching, hives, or rash
- Swelling on any part of the face
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Changes in vision
- Problems in seeing red or green colors
Other side effects not listed above may be experienced when using Myambutol. If the symptoms do not go away or are life-threatening, immediately stop taking the medication and inform your doctor or call an ambulance for professional medical assistance.
Is it safe to take it with another drug?
Some drug interactions may cause life-threatening reactions when used with other medications. Immediately inform your doctor if you are using Myambutol with any of the following medications:
- Black cohosh
- Cholera vaccine, live
- Gold sodium thiomalate
- Red yeast rice
- Typhoid vaccine, live
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for other possible interactions not listed within this section.
How should I store it?
Keep Myambutol in its original packaging in a clean environment away from excessive heat and moisture. Keep out of reach of children.
What should I do in case of an overdose?
Immediately call an ambulance and seek immediate medical attention to prevent further complications or possible death.
Is it safe to take if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
Myambutol is not recommended for use in pregnant women, women trying to get pregnant, or are breastfeeding, and should only be used if the benefits outweigh the risks associated with the use of this medication. Hence, it is essential to consider both the developmental and health benefits of breastfeeding, along with the mother’s clinical need for this medication.
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