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Brand name: Myambutol TM

Active ingredients: ethambutol

What it is used for

INDICATIONS AS AT 04 JAN 2002 : Oral Administation : MYAMBUTOL is indicated for the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis, as shown by a large number of studies by investigators throughout the world. It has also been used successfully in cases of primary tuberculosis and extrapulmonary forms of tuberculosis, including miliary tuberculosis, tuberculois meningitis, tuberculosis of bones and joints, genitourinary tuberculosis, tuberculous of the shin and tuberculous eye diseases. It should not be used as the sole antituberculosis drug, but should be used in conjuction with at least one other antituberculosis drug. Selection of the companion drug should be based on clinical experience, considerations of comparative safety and appropriate in vitro susceptibility studies. In patients who have not received previous antituberculosis therapy, i.e. initial treatment, the most frequently used regimens have included three of the following drugs - MYAMBUTOL, isoniazid, rifampicin and streptomycin - for the first 2-4 months for example, MYAMBUTOL plus isoniazid plus rifampicin or MYAMBUTOL plus isoniazid plus streptomycin then continuing with a two drug regimen such as MYAMBUTOL plus isoniazid or MYAMBUTOL plus rifampicin. In patients who have received previous antituberculosis therapy, mycobacterial resistance to other durgs used in initial therapy is frequent. Consequently, in such retreatment cases MYAMBUTOL should be combined with at least one of the second-line drugs not previously administered to the patient and to which bacterial susceptibility has been indicated by appropriate in vitro studies. Antituberculosis drugs used with MYAMBUTOL have included cycloserine, ethionamide, pyrazinamide, viomycin and other drugs. Isoniazid, aminosalicylic acid, and streptomycin have also been use in multiple drug regimens. Alternating drug regimens have also been utilised.

How to take it

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

  • The way to take this medicine: Oral
  • Store below 25 degrees Celsius
  • Protect from Moisture
  • Shelf lifetime is 5 Years.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

Yellow tablets, glossy, round, standard biconvex, 5/16" diameter.

Food interactions

For the active ingredient ethambutol

  • Take with food to reduce irritation.

Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4 : Prescription Only Medicine.

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient ethambutol

This medicine is generally considered safe during pregnancy if taken as directed. During pregnancy, you should discuss your medicine use with your doctor or pharmacist.

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For side effects, taking other medicines and more

Download consumer medicine information leaflet (pdf) from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) website

Reporting side effects

You can help ensure medicines are safe by reporting the side effects you experience.

You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at www.tga.gov.au/reporting-problems

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