What is this medicine?
RIFABUTIN (RIF a byoo tin) is an antibiotic. It is used to prevent mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) in people with HIV infection. This medicine does not cure or prevent HIV. It will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections.
How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take it with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. It is important to take all of your medicine as directed even if you think your are better. Do not skip doses or stop your medicine early.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives
changes in vision
fever or chills, sore throat
general ill feeling or flu-like symptoms
loss of appetite, nausea
right upper belly pain
unusual bleeding or bruising
unusually weak or tired
yellowing of the eyes or skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
loss of appetite
muscle aches, pains
orange to brown color of urine, stools, saliva, tears, soft contact lenses, and sweat
stomach pain, upset
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
female hormones, like estrogens or progestins and birth control pills, patches, rings, or injections
medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin
medicines for HIV
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. Tell your health care professional about all missed doses.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
wear contact lenses
an unusual or allergic reaction to rifabutin, rifampin, rifapentine, rifaximin, other medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check ups.
This medicine can color your urine, stool, sweat, tears, sputum, skin or saliva red, orange or brown. This is not a cause for alarm. However, soft contact lenses may be permanently stained.
Birth control pills may not work properly while you are taking this medicine. Talk to your doctor about using an extra method of birth control.