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Generic name:Ethanolamine oleate (ETH-a-NOLE-a-mean OH-lee-ate) belongs to the class of products known as sclerosing agents.

Drug class: sclerosing agents

What is Ethamolin?

Ethamolin, a sclerosing agent (pronounced "skler-OS"), is used in the treatment of esophageal varices. (dilated vessels within the tissue lining the upper portion, or esophagus). Esophageal varices can be a serious condition that results in severe bleeding into the throat and intestines.People with severe liver diseases are more likely to develop esophageal varices. Ethamolin does not treat liver diseases.Ethamolin can only be used to treat esophageal veins that are bleeding. Ethamolin does not treat varicose legs.Ethamolin can be used in other ways not mentioned in the medication guide.

Side effects of Ethamolin

If you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergy reaction, seek immediate medical attention: difficulty breathing, hives, swelling in your lips, face, throat, or tongue.

If you:

  • Cough yellow or green mucus with fever;
  • Are you feeling short of breath and chest pain
  • You may experience burning or severe abdominal pain.
  • Fluid buildup around or in the lungs: pain when breathing, shortness of breath lying down, sneezing, foamy cough, cold skin, and rapid heartbeats

Ethamolin can cause the following side effects:

  • Low fever
  • Trouble swallowing

There may be other side effects. For medical advice on side effects, call your doctor.Report side effects by calling the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


Do not use it other than as prescribed. Inform your doctor of any other medications you are taking or if there is a medical condition or allergy.

Before you take this drug

Ethamolin should be avoided if the user is allergic to it or oleic (oleo) acid.

Tell your caregivers, if possible, if you have ever:

  • Kidney disease
  • Heart Disease
  • Lung disease.

Tell your caregivers, if possible, if you're pregnant or nursing during an urgent situation. Tell any doctor who is caring for you or your child that this medicine has been taken.

How to take Ethamolin?

In an emergency, a healthcare professional injects ethamolin into a vein.Ethamolin can be given at the time of bleeding and then again 1 week, 2 weeks, 3 months, and 6 months later.You will be required to have your doctor check on you regularly.

What happens if I miss the dose?

You are unlikely to miss a dosage in a medical environment.

What happens if I overdose?

An environment conducive to medical treatment would respond rapidly in case of an accidental overdose.

What should be avoided?

If your doctor prescribes any restrictions on foods, drinks, or activities, follow their instructions.

Interaction with other drug

Ethamolin may be affected by other drugs, such as vitamins and herbs. Inform your doctor of all the other medications you take.