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Dehydroemetine is used to treat amoebic dysentery (blood in diarrhea due to amoebic infection), amoebic hepatitis (swelling of the liver due to amoebic infection).

How it works

Dehydroemetine belongs to class of drugs known as antiprotozoal agent. It acts by preventing the growth of infection causing microorganisms.

Common side effects

Nausea, Altered heart rate, Chest pain, Decreased blood pressure, Diarrhoea, Headache, Vomiting


Expert advice

  • Caution is to be exercised by patients with kidney and heart diseases
  • You should discontinue the use of dehydroemetine after delivery, as it may harm the baby.
  • Heart rate and blood pressure should be carefully monitored during treatment.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Avoid if allergic to dehydroemetine or any of its ingredients. 
  • Do not take if Patients is suffering from known heart disease, kidney problems or neuromuscular disease should avoid dehydroemetine treatment.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)