What do rifabutin capsules do?
RIFABUTIN (Mycobutin(R)) is an antibacterial agent. It is effective in preventing the tuberculosis-like infection and illness known as mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) in patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Rifabutin will not cure or prevent HIV infection or AIDS.
What should my health care professional know before I take rifabutin?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
• dental disease
• wear contact lens
• an unusual or allergic reaction to rifabutin, rifamycin, other medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives
• pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I take this medicine?
Take rifabutin capsules by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Swallow capsules whole with a full glass of water. You can take rifabutin with or without food. Opening the capsule and mixing the contents with food, such as applesauce, is an easy way to give to children. Take your doses at regular intervals and try not to miss any doses. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Finish the full course prescribed by your prescriber or health care professional even if you think your condition is better. Do not stop taking except on your prescriber's advice.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What other medicines can interact with rifabutin?
• female hormones, including contraceptive or birth control pills
• zidovudine, AZT
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
What side effects may I notice from taking rifabutin?
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
• dark yellow or brown urine
• difficulty breathing
• eye pain or loss of vision
• fever or chills, sore throat
• loss of appetite
• muscle aches or pains
• unusual tiredness or weakness
• yellowing of the eyes or skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
• discoloration of soft contact lens
• nausea, vomiting
• reddish-orange to reddish-brown coloration of urine, stools, saliva, tears, and sweat
• skin rash, itching
• stomach pain