Myambutol (Ethambutol HCL) is used for the treatment of tuberculosis (TB). It is a disease caused by bacteria called mycobacterium tuberculosis. It usually attacks the lungs and it can also damage other parts of the body. This medication is usually used along with other tuberculosis medication.
This drug may also be used with other medications to help treat Mycobacterium avium complex-MAC. It may also be used with other medications to prevent the MAC infection from occurring again in people with advanced HIV disease.
How does Myambutol (Ethambutol HCL) work?
Myambutol (Ethambutol HCL) inhibits arabinosyl transferase which is involved in cell wall biosynthesis. By inhibiting this enzyme, the bacterial cell wall complex production is inhibited. This leads to an increase in cell wall permeability.
This medication is an antibiotic that works by stopping the growth and development of the bacteria. This antibiotic only treats bacterial infections. It will not work for viral infections such as flu or a common cold. Unnecessary use or misuse of any antibiotic can lead to its decreased effectiveness.
Why use Myambutol (Ethambutol HCL)?
Myambutol (Ethambutol HCL) is an oral chemotherapeutic agent. In which it is specifically effective against actively growing microorganisms of the genus mycobacterium. This drug has the strengths of 100 mg and 400 mg. This comes as a tablet for oral use. This was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
How to use Myambutol (Ethambutol HCL)?
This medication is to be taken by mouth. You may take it with or without food. It is usually taken once a day or as directed by your doctor. The recommended dosage is based on your medical condition and response.
Antibiotics work best when the amount of medicine in your body is kept at a constant level. Therefore, take it at evenly spaced intervals. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day.
What are the side effects of Myambutol (Ethambutol HCL)?
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Joint pain
- Worsening gout
Call your doctor if these happen:
- Toe pain
- Numbness or tingling of arms or legs
- Vision changes
- Symptoms of liver disease
Warnings and Precautions
- Before taking this drug, consult your doctor first if you are a breastfeeding women. If you have HIV disease, do not breastfeed because breast milk can transmit HIV.
- Do not take this medication if you are allergic to it.
- Limit alcoholic beverages. It may increase the risk of liver disease.
- Keep this away from the reach of children.