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The hydrated hydrochloride of an alkaloid obtained from ipecac. It is used for the treatment of both intestinal and extraintestinal amebiasis. It should be used cautiously in elderly or debilitated patients. Children, pregnant women, and patients with serious organic disease should not receive emetine.
See also: emetine
emetine hydrochloride (em´ətēn),
n an alkaloid, C29H40N2O4 2HCl, regarded as a protozoacide and formerly used in the treatment of periodontitis and amebic dysentery.