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Pretomanid Side Effects

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Sep 9, 2023.

Applies to pretomanid: oral tablet.

Serious side effects of Pretomanid

Along with its needed effects, pretomanid may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking pretomanid:

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Other side effects of Pretomanid

Some side effects of pretomanid may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.

Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

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For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to pretomanid: oral tablet.


When this drug is used with bedaquiline and linezolid, the respective manufacturer product information should be consulted for associated side effects.

Overall, patients who used linezolid 600 mg twice a day had a similar safety profile to those who used 1200 mg once a day.[Ref]

Nervous system

Very common (10% or more): Peripheral neuropathy (burning sensation, hypoesthesia, hyporeflexia, peripheral neuropathy, paresthesia, peripheral motor neuropathy, peripheral sensorimotor neuropathy, peripheral sensory neuropathy; 81%), headache (28%)

Frequency not reported: Dysgeusia, dizziness, seizure


-Frequency not reported: Peripheral neuropathy[Ref]

Most reports of peripheral neuropathy (64%) occurred after 8 weeks of therapy and led to dosing interruption, dose reduction, or discontinuation of linezolid. Severe, moderate, and mild peripheral neuropathy occurred in 22%, 32%, and 26% of patients, respectively; no side effect related to peripheral neuropathy resulted in discontinuation of the entire study regimen.[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Acne (acne, acneiform dermatitis; 39%), rash (rash, erythematous rash, maculopapular rash, papular rash, vesicular rash; 21%), pruritus (pruritus, generalized pruritus, pruritic rash; 20%)

Common (1% to 10%): Dry skin[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Anemia (37%)

Common (1% to 10%): Neutropenia, thrombocytopenia, decreased hemoglobin, decreased absolute neutrophil count, decreased platelets

Frequency not reported: Leukopenia, hematopoietic cytopenia, myelosuppression (including anemia, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, pancytopenia)


-Frequency not reported: Myelosuppression[Ref]

The most common hematopoietic cytopenia was anemia. Most cytopenias started after 2 weeks of therapy. Cytopenias that were considered serious occurred in 3 patients, neutropenia in 1 patient and anemia in 2 patients; all 3 serious side effects lead to interruption of linezolid or all components of the combination regimen and all resolved.

Decreased hemoglobin (up to 7.9 mg/dL), absolute neutrophil count (up to 749/mm3), and platelets (up to 49,999/mm3) have been reported in 6%, 5%, and 2% of patients, respectively.[Ref]


Increased lipase (greater than 2 times the upper limit of normal [2 x ULN]) has been reported in 5% of patients.[Ref]

Very common (10% or more): Nausea (37%), vomiting (34%), dyspepsia (24%), abdominal pain (abdominal pain, lower abdominal pain, upper abdominal pain, abdominal tenderness; 19%), diarrhea (10%)

Common (1% to 10%): Constipation, gastritis, increased lipase

Frequency not reported: Pancreatitis[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Musculoskeletal pain (arthralgia, back pain, costochondritis, myalgia, pain in extremity; 29%)

Frequency not reported: Increased blood creatine phosphokinase[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Increased transaminases (increased ALT, increased AST, drug-induced liver injury, increased hepatic enzyme, abnormal hepatic function, increased liver function test, increased transaminases; 28%), increased GGT (17%)

Common (1% to 10%): Increased ALT, increased AST, increased total bilirubin[Ref]

Increased ALT (greater than 3 and up to 5 x ULN: 6%; greater than 5 and up to 8 x ULN: 5%; greater than 8 x ULN: 1%), AST (greater than 3 and up to 5 x ULN: 6%; greater than 5 and up to 8 x ULN: 2%; greater than 8 x ULN: 1%), and total bilirubin (greater than 1 and up to 2 x ULN: 6%; greater than 2 x ULN: 2%) have been reported.[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Decreased appetite (22%), hyperamylasemia (increased amylase, hyperamylasemia; 14%), hypoglycemia (11%), abnormal loss of weight (10%)

Common (1% to 10%): Hyperlipasemia (hyperlipasemia, increased lipase)

Frequency not reported: Hypomagnesemia, hyperglycemia, hypokalemia, hyperkalemia, hyponatremia, lactic acidosis


-Frequency not reported: Lactic acidosis[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Pleuritic pain (19%), lower respiratory tract infection (bronchitis, influenza, lower respiratory tract infection, pneumonia; 15%), hemoptysis (13%), cough (cough, productive cough; 12%)[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Visual impairment (blurred vision, reduced visual acuity, visual impairment; 12%)

Frequency not reported: Optic neuropathy


-Frequency not reported: Optic neuropathy[Ref]

In 1 study, 2 patients (2%) developed optic neuropathy after 16 weeks of therapy. Both were serious, confirmed on retinal examination as optic neuropathy/neuritis, and led to discontinuation of linezolid; both side effects resolved.[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Hypertension (increased blood pressure, hypertension), ECG QT prolonged


-Frequency not reported: QT prolongation[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Insomnia[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Increased blood alkaline phosphatase[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Increased blood creatinine[Ref]


1. Product Information. Pretomanid (pretomanid). The Global Alliance for TB Drug Development. 2019.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.