Rifabutin is used in combination with other antibiotics to treat tuberculosis. It is also used to treat other mycobacterial infections such as Mycobacterium avium intracellulare (MAI, also known as MAC) or Mycobacterium xenopi.
How it works
Rifabutin is an antibiotic that belongs to class of drugs called rifamycins. It works by killing the infection causing bacteria and preventing the bacterial growth and its reproduction.
Common side effects
Allergic skin rash, Muscle pain, Joint pain, Chest pain, Altered taste, Fatigue, Headache, Stomach upset, Vomiting
- Taking rifabutin may change the color of your urine to red/orange. You may also experience coloring of the skin and other body fluids and also of soft contact lenses.
- You may be regularly monitored with blood tests and chest x-rays to check that you do not have active tuberculosis or any other mycobacterial disease.
- You may also undergo regular eye examination while using rifabutin.
- Seek immediate medical attention if you develop sudden wheeziness, difficulty in breathing, pain in the chest, swelling of eyelids, face or lips, rash or itching.
- Use non hormonal birth control techniques (condom, diaphragm with spermicide) to prevent pregnancy, as rifabutin can make birth control pills less effective.