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Ethanolamine Oleate

Generic name: ethanolamine oleate [ETH-a-NOLE-a-mean-OH-lee-ate]

Brand name: Ethamolin
Dosage form: injectable solution (50 mg/mL)
Drug class: sclerosing agents

What is Ethanolamine Oleate?

The sclerosing agent ethanolamine oleate (pronounced skler-OS) is used in the treatment of esophageal varices, which are dilated vessels within the tissue lining the upper portion of the esophagus. Esophageal varices can be a serious condition that results in severe bleeding into the throat and intestines.People with a severe liver condition are more likely to develop esophageal varices. The underlying cause of liver disease will not be treated by ethanolamine oleate.Only esophageal vesicles that have just bled can be treated with ethanolamine oleate. Varicose legs are not treated with ethanolamine.This medication guide does not list all possible uses of ethanolamine oleate.

Side effects of Ethanolamine Oleate

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 experiencing shortness 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, the wheezing sound, a cough containing foamy mucus, and cold skin anxiety.

Some of the common side effects associated with ethanolamine include:

  • 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

If you have an allergy to either ethanolamine or oleic acids (oleo), then it is best not to use the ethanolamine-oleate.

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

  • Kidney disease
  • Heart Disease
  • Lung disease.

During an emergency situation, inform your caregivers that you are breastfeeding or pregnant. Tell any doctor who is caring for you or your child that this medicine has been taken.

How to take Ethanolamine Oleate?

In an emergency, a healthcare professional injects ethanolamine oleate into a vein.Ethanolamine is given to stop bleeding and then again after a week or six weeks.You will be required to have your doctor check on you regularly.

Details on dosage

Adult dose for esophageal varices:

Initial dose: up to 20 mL of 1.5–5 mL intravenous per varix

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 in which healthcare practitioners could treat an overdose quickly would be ideal.

What should be avoided?

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

Interaction with other drug

Other medications, such as vitamins and herbal remedies, may also affect ethanolamine. Inform your doctor of all the other medications you take.