Trecator also known as Ethionamide is an antibiotic medicine that helps in fighting the bacteria. Trecator medicine is used in the treatment of Tuberculosis and must be administered to patients in combination with other medications used for the treatment of Tuberculosis.
Composition of Trecator
The chemical name of Trecator is 2-ethylthioisonicotinamid. Trecator is a yellow coloured, non-hygroscopic, crystalline compound having a faint to moderate odour of sulfide and a melting temperature of 162° C. Trecator tablets contain 250 milligrams of ethionamide with the inactive ingredients being croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate,FD&C Yellow #6, microcrystalline cellulose, polyvinyl alcohol, polyethylene glycol, povidone, talc, silicon dioxide and titanium dioxide.
Uses of Trecator
Trecator – SC is a medication which is administered by the doctor in company of other drugs is available only on doctor’s prescription. This drug is used for the treatment of tuberculosis, and it is advised to not to miss the dosage of this medicine, even if the patient feels better. Along with this, this medication is also used in the treatment of atypical mycobacterial infections likeMAC (Mycobacterium avium complex) or Leprosy (Hansen's disease).
Side effects of Trecator
The common side effects for Trecator are:
- Nausea, vomiting & diarrhea
- Loss of appetite
- Stomach pain
- Blisters or ulcers in the mouth
- Trouble in swallowing
- Reddening or swelling of the gums
- Increased salivation, and having a metallic taste in the mouth
- Feeling of Restlessness
- Depression of the mood
The severe side effects of Trecator involve:
- Difficulty in breathing
- Swelling of the parts of the body like the face, tongue, throat or lips.
- Numbness in several parts of the body
- Tingling feeling or a burning sensation in the hands or the feet
- Seizure (Convulsions)
- Unusual behavior and thoughts
- Pain in the eye
- Double vision or blurring of the vision
- Light headed feeling as if one is about to pass out
- Pain in the upper stomach pain
- Darkened urine
- Jaundice or yellowing of the eyes and the skin
- Production of Clay colored stools
- Decreased sexual activity
- Changes in the menstrual periods
- Dry and puffing of skin
Contraindication of Trecator
The patient should not use Trecator if he/she is allergic to any of the ingredients present in the medication or he/she may be suffering from a severe liver disease. While the patient visits the doctor, he/she must inform the doctor about any of the below mentioned conditions:
- If one is pregnant, or planning to get pregnant and/or is doing breast feeding
- If one is taking some non-prescription or some doctor prescribed medicine, some dietary supplement of some herbal product
- If one is allergic to certain foods, medicines or substances
- If one suffers from liver problems, diabetes or has some vision problems
Pregnancy and Trecator
The drug has been assigned by the FDA to the pregnancy category C which means that animal studies have either shown a contrary effect & there are no satisfactory results in case of pregnant women or animal studies have not been conducted &there are no satisfactory results in case of pregnant women. The drug is only prescribed to the patient during pregnancy only if the benefits outweigh the risks involved.