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Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication may develop serious side effects, but with frequent visits to your doctor, this risk can be minimized.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: unusual hunger, unusual sweating, shakiness, persistent nausea/vomiting, unusual tiredness/weakness, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine, joint pain/swelling, slow heartbeat, mental/mood changes (such as nervousness, restlessness, depression).
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but serious side effects occur: vision changes (such as blurred/decreased/double vision, color blindness), eye pain, numbness/tingling of arms/legs.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
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Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Read the Trecator (ethionamide tablets) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
PRECAUTIONS: Before taking ethionamide, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: liver disease, kidney disease, underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), eye problems (such as optic neuritis, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy).
Alcohol may increase the risk of liver disease or mental/mood changes. Avoid alcoholic beverages while using this medication.
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
If you have diabetes, this product may make it harder to control your blood sugar levels (cause low blood sugar). Check your blood sugar levels regularly as directed by your doctor. Tell your doctor immediately if you have symptoms of low blood sugar, such as shakiness, unusual hunger, or unusual sweating. Your doctor may need to adjust your diabetes medication, exercise program, or diet.
This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy. It may harm an unborn baby. Consult your doctor for more details.
It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
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Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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