|Chemical name: Ethambutol
Brand name: Myambutol
Typical dosage: 400mg
Typical type: Tablet1
Ethambutol is a medication used to treat tuberculosis. Ethambutol is available as a brand name or generic and comes as an oral tablet.
Ethambutol is a medication used to treat the pulmonary infection tuberculosis. Ethambutol is typically taken once daily for up to 4 months. The brand name equivalent of Ethambutol is called Myambutol.
Ethambutol works by stopping tuberculosis bacteria from forming in the body. Common side effects of ethambutol include upset stomach, vomiting, loss of appetite, dizziness, headache, stomach pain and fatigue.
Yes! 100% of Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans cover Ethambutol.1
Drug coverage may vary based on plan availability. You may be able to find Medicare Advantage plan options in your area that cover Ethambutol.
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Your copay and deductible costs for any prescription drug can vary depending on what coverage stage you’re in.
|Deductible stage||Typical copay stage|
|Your deductible is the amount of money you must spend on covered drugs before your Medicare drug coverage starts paying its share of costs.
In the deductible stage, you’re responsible for the full cost of your prescription drugs.
Some Medicare prescription drug plans have a $0 deductible. Medicare drug plans cannot have a deductible more than $415 in 2019.
|After you meet your Part D deductible, you enter the initial coverage period.
During this phase (the typical copay stage), you pay a copayment (flat fee) or coinsurance (percentage) for your covered medications.
|$7 – $41||$3 – $41|
Take Ethambutol at the same time of day. Take this medication at the same time every day. If you stop taking Ethambutol before your doctor tells you to, the tuberculosis infection may not heal or can get worse.
Avoid taking any medications with aluminum within 4 hours of taking Ethambutol.
Ethambutol can cause changes in eyesight. Let your doctor know if you experience any changes in eyesight. This usually goes away when Ethambutol is stopped, however loss of eyesight has happened.
Also tell your doctor if you experience any symptoms of liver problems, like stomach pain or yellowing of the eyes and skin.
This article is for informational purposes only. It is not healthcare advice, treatment, or diagnosis. It is not an endorsement of or recommendation for this medication. Speak to your doctor or healthcare provider about your specific healthcare needs, including your prescription medications. Only take medication as directed by your doctor.
Coverage and costs of prescription medications will vary by Medicare plan. Not all plans are available in all areas.
Written by Hayden Gharibyar, Pharm.D.
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1 GoodRx. Ethambutol. Retrieved Sep. 2019, from www.goodrx.com/ethambutol.
2 Jacobson, Gretchen; et al. A Dozen Facts About Medicare Advantage. (Nov. 13, 2018). Kaiser Family Foundation. Retrieved from www.kff.org/medicare/issue-brief/a-dozen-facts-about-medicare-advantage.
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