Compare ethambutol vs. Avelox

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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Myambutol (ethambutol)

Prescription only

Avelox (moxifloxacin)

Prescription only
Treats and prevents mycobacterial infections like tuberculosis.

Myambutol (ethambutol) works well to treat or prevent mycobacterial infections, but has to be combined with other medicines and taken for a long period of time.

Treats bacterial infections.

Avelox (moxifloxacin) effectively treats different types of bacterial infections, but is more expensive than its alternatives.

Upsides
  • First-choice treatment for tuberculosis.
  • There are different dosing regimens, which can make taking Myambutol (ethambutol) more convenient for your schedule.
  • Myambutol (ethambutol) can be taken with food and may help with any stomach upset.
  • Available as a generic medicine.
  • Treats a variety of bacterial infections.
  • Can be taken with or without food.
  • Might be a good treatment option for people with kidney problems.
  • Needs to be taken only once a day.
Downsides
  • Remembering to take Myambutol (ethambutol) daily over a long period of time and with other medicines can be difficult.
  • Not a good choice if you have a history or are experiencing any vision problems.
  • People with diabetes need to check their blood sugar levels regularly while taking Avelox (moxifloxacin).
  • Cannot be taken at the same time as antacids or vitamins.
  • Avelox (moxifloxacin) can increase your skin's sensitivity to sunlight and make you more likely to get a rash.
  • Relatively more expensive compared to similar alternatives.
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Used for
  • Tuberculosis
  • Prevention of Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) infection in HIV, transplant, or cancer patients
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Pill
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Side effects
The Myambutol (ethambutol) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
8possible side effects
  • Nausea
    7%
  • Diarrhea
    6%
  • Headache
    4%
  • Dizziness
    3%
  • Vomiting
    2%
  • Constipation
    2%
  • Stomach pain
    2%
  • Insomnia
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Vision problems
  • Liver problems
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  • Tendon rupture and inflammation
    • People over age 60
    • Taking steroid medicine
    • Those with kidney, heart, or lung transplants
  • Myasthenia gravis
    • Those with a history of myasthenia gravis
  • Diarrhea
  • Nerve damage
  • Changes in mood and behavior
  • Effects on heartbeat
    • Those with a history of heart rhythm problems
    • Taking other medicines that also affect your heart rhythm
    • Those with liver problems
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