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Ethanolamine oleate Side Effects

For the Consumer

Applies to ethanolamine oleate: injectable solution

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction while taking ethanolamine oleate: 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 of ethanolamine oleate 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.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to ethanolamine oleate: injectable solution


Respiratory side effects have included pleural effusion/infiltration (2.1%) and pneumonia (1.2%).[Ref]


Local side effects have included esophageal ulcer (2.1%) and esophageal stricture (1.3%). Esophagitis, tearing of the esophagus, sloughing of the mucosa overlying the injected varix, ulceration, necrosis, and periesophageal abscess and perforation have also been reported.[Ref]


General side effects have included pyrexia (1.8%) and retrosternal pain (1.6%). Bacteremia has been reported rarely.[Ref]


Hypersensitivity side effects have rarely included anaphylactic shock.[Ref]


Renal side effects have included acute renal failure.[Ref]

Acute renal failure with spontaneous recovery has been reported in 2 cases following injection of 15 to 20 mL of ethanolamine oleate.[Ref]

Nervous system

Nervous system side effects have rarely included spinal cord paralysis due to occlusion of the anterior spinal artery.[Ref]


Hematologic side effects have rarely included disseminated intravascular coagulation.[Ref]


1. "Product Information. Ethamolin (ethanolamine oleate)." QOL Medical LLC, Mooreseville, NC.

Some side effects of ethanolamine oleate may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

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