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Trecator: 250 mg [contains fd&c yellow #6 (sunset yellow)]
Brand Names: U.S.
- Antitubercular Agent
Inhibits peptide synthesis; bacteriostatic
Rapid, ~80% is rapidly absorbed from the GI tract
Vd: 93.5 L; widely distributed into body tissues and fluids including liver, kidneys, and CSF
Prodrug; extensively hepatic to active and inactive metabolites
Urine (<1% as unchanged drug; as active and inactive metabolites)
Time to Peak
Serum: 1 hour
2 to 3 hours
Use: Labeled Indications
Treatment of tuberculosis and other mycobacterial diseases, in conjunction with other antituberculosis agents, when first-line agents have failed or resistance has been demonstrated
Hypersensitivity to ethionamide or any component of the formulation; severe hepatic impairment
Tuberculosis: Oral: 15-20 mg/kg/day; initiate dose at 250 mg/day for 1-2 days, then increase to 250 mg twice daily for 1-2 days, with gradual increases to highest tolerated dose; average adult dose: 750 mg/day (maximum: 1 g/day in 3-4 divided doses)
Refer to adult dosing.
Tuberculosis: Oral: 15-20 mg/kg/day in 2-3 divided doses, not to exceed 1 g/day (CDC, 2009; WHO, 2008)
Dosing: Renal Impairment
No dosage adjustment provided in manufacturer's labeling.
Dosing: Hepatic Impairment
Use is contraindicated in patients with severe hepatic impairment.
Neurotoxic effects may be prevented or relieved by the coadministration of pyridoxine (see Pyridoxine monograph for dosing). May be taken with or without meals. Gastrointestinal adverse effects may be decreased by administration at meals or bedtime, decreased dose, or giving antiemetics.
Healthcare provider may recommend an increase in dietary intake of pyridoxine to prevent neurotoxic effects of ethionamide. Avoid alcohol.
Store at 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F). Keep containers tightly closed.
Alcohol (Ethyl): May enhance the adverse/toxic effect of Ethionamide. Specifically, there may be a risk for a psychotic episode/reaction. Monitor therapy
CycloSERINE: Ethionamide may enhance the adverse/toxic effect of CycloSERINE. Monitor therapy
Isoniazid: Ethionamide may increase the serum concentration of Isoniazid. Monitor therapy
Frequency not defined.
Cardiovascular: Orthostatic hypotension
Central nervous system: Altered sense of smell, depression, dizziness, drowsiness, headache, metallic taste, peripheral neuritis, psychiatric disturbance, restlessness, seizure
Dermatologic: Acne vulgaris, alopecia, purpura, skin photosensitivity, skin rash
Endocrine & metabolic: Goiter, gynecomastia, hypoglycemia, hypothyroidism, menstrual disease, pellagra (pellagra-like syndrome), weight loss
Gastrointestinal: Abdominal pain, anorexia, diarrhea, sialorrhea, nausea, stomatitis, vomiting
Hematologic & oncologic: Leukopenia, thrombocytopenia
Hepatic: Hepatitis, increased liver enzymes, increased serum bilirubin, jaundice
Hypersensitivity: Hypersensitivity reaction
Neuromuscular & skeletal: Arthralgia
Ophthalmic: Blurred vision, diplopia, optic neuritis
• Diabetes: Use with caution in patients with diabetes mellitus; may cause hypoglycemia.
• Hepatotoxicity: May cause hepatotoxicity; monitor liver function tests monthly.
• Porphyria: Use not recommended; porphyria-inducing in animal and in vitro studies (WHO, 2008).
• Thyroid dysfunction: Use with caution in patients with thyroid dysfunction; hypothyroidism (reversible) has been reported.
Concurrent drug therapy issues:
• Cycloserine: Use with caution in patients receiving cycloserine; seizures have been reported.
• Isoniazid: Use with caution in patients receiving isoniazid; temporarily increases isoniazid levels. Some cross-resistance has been reported if inhA mutation is present. (WHO, 2008).
• Appropriate use: Drug-resistant tuberculosis develops rapidly if ethionamide is used alone; must administer with at least one other antituberculosis agent.
• Ethanol use: Instruct patients to avoid excessive ethanol; psychotic reaction may occur.
• Eye exams: Periodic eye exams are recommended.
Initial and periodic serum ALT and AST; blood glucose; TSH every 6 months; initial and periodic ophthalmic exams
Pregnancy Risk Factor
Ethionamide crosses the placenta; teratogenic effects were observed in animal studies. Use during pregnancy is not recommended.
• Discuss specific use of drug and side effects with patient as it relates to treatment. (HCAHPS: During this hospital stay, were you given any medicine that you had not taken before? Before giving you any new medicine, how often did hospital staff tell you what the medicine was for? How often did hospital staff describe possible side effects in a way you could understand?)
• Patient may experience abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, bad taste, drooling, lack of appetite, or weight loss. Have patient report immediately to prescriber signs of liver problems (dark urine, feeling tired, lack of appetite, nausea, abdominal pain, light-colored stools, vomiting, or yellow skin or eyes), burning or numbness feeling, depression, vision changes, or signs of low blood sugar (dizziness, headache, fatigue, feeling weak, shaking, a fast heartbeat, confusion, hunger, or sweating) (HCAHPS).
• Educate patient about signs of a significant reaction (eg, wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat). Note: This is not a comprehensive list of all side effects. Patient should consult prescriber for additional questions.
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