Ethambutol side effects, toxicity

What are the possible Ethambutol side effects, liver and heart possible problems, Ethambutol toxicity and allergic reactions, side effects.

If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking ethambutol and seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately:

  • an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives)
  • vision changes (e.g., blurring, red-green color blindness)
  • a rash
  • numbness or tingling in your fingers, toes, hands, or feet
  • confusion, disorientation, or hallucinations; or
  • fever

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take ethambutol and talk to your doctor if you experience

  • stomach upset, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, or decreased appetite
  • headache
  • mild dizziness
  • worsening gout; or
  • joint pain

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

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