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Ethamolin

Ethamolin Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Ethamolin (ethanolamine oleate) Injection, 5% is a sclerosing agent used to treat esophageal varices, a life-threatening condition that causes dilated blood vessels inside the tissues lining the esophagus or upper part of the stomach. Ethamolin is only for treating esophageal varices that have recently bled. Common side effects include low fever, or trouble swallowing.

Ethamolin Injection sclerotherapy of esophageal varices is performed by physicians familiar with the technique. The usual intravenous dose is 1.5 to 5.0 mL per varix. The maximum dose per treatment session should not exceed 20 mL. Ethamolin may interact with other drugs. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. During pregnancy, only use Ethamolin if prescribed. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Our Ethamolin (ethanolamine oleate) Injection, 5% Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is Patient Information in Detail?

Easy-to-read and understand detailed drug information and pill images for the patient or caregiver from Cerner Multum.

Ethamolin in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Tell your caregivers at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • cough or hiccups (may be a sign of fluid buildup around the lungs);
  • fever, chills, cough with yellow or green mucus;
  • stabbing chest pain, feeling short of breath; or
  • severe pain or burning in your upper stomach.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • low fever; or
  • trouble swallowing.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Ethamolin (Ethanolamine Oleate) »

What is Prescribing information?

The FDA package insert formatted in easy-to-find categories for health professionals and clinicians.

Ethamolin FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
(Adverse Reactions)

SIDE EFFECTS

The reported frequency of complications/adverse events per injection session was 13%. The most common complications were pleural effusion/infiltration (2.1%), esophageal ulcer (2.1%), pyrexia (1.8%), retrosternal pain (1.6%), esophageal stricture (1.3%), and pneumonia (1.2%).

Other adverse local esophageal reactions have also been reported at rates of 0.1 to 0.4%, including esophagitis, tearing of the esophagus, sloughing of the mucosa overlying the injected varix, ulceration, stricture, necrosis, periesophageal abscess and perforation (see PRECAUTIONS). These complications appear to be dependent upon the dose and the patient's clinical state.

Bacteremia has been observed in patients following injection of esophageal varices with ETHAMOLIN. Pyrexia and retrosternal pain are not infrequently observed during the post-injection period. Fatal aspiration pneumonia has occurred in patients with esophageal varices who underwent ETHAMOLIN Injection Sclerotherapy (see PRECAUTIONS). Anaphylactic shock and acute renal failure with spontaneous recovery have occurred (see PRECAUTIONS). A case of disseminated intravascular coagulation has been reported.

Spinal cord paralysis due to occlusion of the anterior spinal artery has been reported in one child eight hours after ETHAMOLIN sclerotherapy.

Drug Abuse And Dependence

There is no potential for drug abuse or drug dependence.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Ethamolin (Ethanolamine Oleate) »

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