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Myambutol is a medicine used in combination with other medicines to treat pulmonary tuberculosis (a bacterial infection that affects the lungs).
How does this medication work?
Myambutol works by eliminating the bacteria that causes tuberculosis.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: Myambutol may improve symptoms associated with tuberculosis and may help eliminate the bacteria causing the infection.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's instructions. It is important that you take Myambutol exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.
How do I know it is working?
Your healthcare provider may order certain tests regularly to check how well this medication is working.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
Side effects may include:
Eye problems, such as decrease in visual sharpness or blindness.
Myambutol may also cause liver problems, itching, joint pain, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal (stomach area) pain, fever, headache, dizziness, or numbness and tingling of the extremities.
Do not take Myambutol if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Do not take Myambutol if you have optic neuritis (inflammation of the optic nerve that causes blurring, graying, or loss of vision), unless otherwise instructed by your healthcare provider.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Myambutol. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney, liver, or eye problems; or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults and children ≥13 years: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for you or your child based on the weight. Your healthcare provider may adjust the dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.
Take Myambutol exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking Myambutol without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Do not take Myambutol with aluminum hydroxide-containing antacids for at least 4 hours after taking Myambutol.
If Myambutol is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Myambutol with aluminum-containing antacids.
The effects of Myambutol during pregnancy are unknown. Myambutol can be found in your breast milk if you take it while breastfeeding. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
If you miss a dose of Myambutol, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
Store at room temperature.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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