Mycobutin (Rifabutin)

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What is Mycobutin (Rifabutin) prescribed for?

Mycobacterium avium complex is known to be a group of bacteria that is closely related to tuberculosis. These germs are commonly found in food, water, and soil. Most people do have them in their bodies, however when you have a strong immune system they won’t cause you any problems. But those with a weaker immune system, it can cause people with HIV very sick.

This medication can be either used alone, or with other medications to help prevent Mycobacterium avium complex. Rifabutin, the active ingredient within Mycobutin, is known as a rifamycin antibiotic. Generally what this medication does is it stops the growth of the bacteria.

This antibiotic is made to only treat and prevent bacterial infections. It will not work on any viral infections, such as the common cold and the flu.

This medication can be taken with or without food, and usually once or twice a day, or however your doctor has prescribed. If an upset stomach occurs, it is best to take this medication with food. For the treatment of tuberculosis, this medication is often taken twice a week.

Remember the dosage is based on our medical condition, weight, interacting drugs, and your response to the treatment. For the best effect, take this medication at evenly spaced times.

Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic to Rifabutin; or to other rifamycins (such as rifampin); or to any other medications or allergies in general.

Before taking this medication, it is for the best to inform you doctor of you Medical history. Especially of;  kidney disease, liver disease, a certain blood disorder (porphyria).

Rifabutin may cause live bacterial vaccines (such as typhoid vaccine) to not work as well. Do not have any immunizations/vaccinations while using this medication unless your doctor tells you to.

Some of these side effects may occur when taking this medication; they are as follows; Diarrhea, stomach upset, changes in taste, or nausea/vomiting may occur. However if any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor right away.

easy bleeding/bruising, signs of a new infection (such as fever, persistent sore throat/cough), muscle weakness/pain, joint pain/swelling, eye pain/redness, vision problems, chest pain/pressure, persistent nausea/vomiting, unusual weakness/tiredness, dark urine, yellowing eyes/skin.

This medication may rarely cause a severe intestinal condition (Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea) due to a type of resistant bacteria. This condition may occur during treatment or weeks to months after treatment has stopped. Do not use anti-diarrhea or opioid medications if you have any of the following symptoms because these products may make them worse. Tell your doctor right away if you develop: persistent diarrhea, abdominal or stomach pain/cramping, blood/mucus in your stool.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.

 

 What is the best dosage to take?

The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.

 

 What happens if I miss a dose?

You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.

 

 What is the best way to store this medication?

This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.

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