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What is dehydroemetine used for?

Dehydroemetine is commonly used for treating intestinal amoebiasis, hepatic amoebiasis, systemic disease due to histolytica and other conditions. It works by delaying the gastric emptying.

How should I take dehydroemetine?

This drug comes as a tablet. Swallow it whole. Do not crush or chew. Drink with a glass of water.

How do I store dehydroemetine?

Dehydroemetine is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store dehydroemetine in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of dehydroemetine that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush dehydroemetine down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using dehydroemetine?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of dehydroemetine or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.

Do not take if individual is suffering from known heart disease, kidney problems or neuromuscular disease.

Heart rate and blood pressure should be carefully monitored during treatment.

You should discontinue the use of this drug after delivery.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using dehydroemetine during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking dehydroemetine.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from dehydroemetine?

Some side effects may occur when using this drug, such as:

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.


What drugs may interact with dehydroemetine?

Dehydroemetine may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with dehydroemetine?

Dehydroemetine may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with dehydroemetine?

Dehydroemetine may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.


The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using dehydroemetine.

What is the dose of dehydroemetine for an adult?

Drug is appointed at the rate of 1 mg/kg of body weight a day within 6 — 10 days. Usually, applying on 10 — 20 mg, 3 times a day or to them enter 1 ampoule (60 mg) a day intramusculary.

At a medium-weight current of an intestinal amebiasis appoint 10mg, 3 times a day, at heavy disease increase a dose to 180 mg a day.

What is the dose of dehydroemetine for a child?

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is dehydroemetine available?

Dehydroemetine is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Dehydroemetine tablet: 10mg

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of dehydroemetine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: April 1, 2017 | Last Modified: December 19, 2019

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