Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, May 5th, 1997
Ethambutol is the dextrorotatory isomer of the synthetic compound 2,2'-ethylenediimino-di-1-butanol dihydrochloride that has been used as an antituberculous agent since the 1960s. Other isomers were also initially used for this purpose but required higher dosages and were more toxic; ocular toxic complications were reported frequently.
"Although ethambutol has been regarded as a bacteriostatic agent, some studies...
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