Myambutol is used to treat uberculosis (TB) infections of the lung along with other medicines and it works by disrupting the growth of TB cells which helps curb and reduce the disease.
Medication must always be taken as advised by your medical practitioner/physician. If you are unsure, then please contact your physician for precise instructions. On the other hand, the medicine label usually contains dosage instructions which also may be followed.
Myambutol may be taken with a meal or without a meal to prevent stomach problems.
Maintain a gap of at least 3-4 hours with antacids that contain aluminum hydroxide .
Medications are prescribed according to a dosage schedule which must be completed in order to reap the benefits of the treatment. Lapsed schedules render Myambutol ineffective. So, never stop in between unless advised by your physician.
One of the best ways to ensure that you do not miss out on a dose is to maintain a fixed regime for consuming Myambutol each day.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Myambutol falls under bacteriostatic antimycobacterial drug and it works by stopping the growth of TB cells.
You must maintain a schedule for taking the medicine at the same time each day so that you do not miss out on any doses. But, in the advent of a missed dose, take it as soon as you remember so that you can compensate for the loss of the dose.
But, then you may need to adjust your remaining doses accordingly. And if it is almost time for the next dose, then please skip the missed dose and continue with the normal schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Myambutol must be stored at a cool and dark place that prevents it from direct exposure to sunlight. It should also be protected from kids and pets. You can store it at room temperature.
Myambutol when overdosed may lead to severe effects that require immediate medical attention. Please contact an emergency poison control center immediately if you suspect an overdose.
If you are allergic to any ingredient in Myambutol (you may check medicine label) then please do not use it without consulting your doctor.
You must also avoid using Myambutol if you have conditions like you have inflammation of the optic nerve (optic neuritis), you cannot determine if you are having vision changes, or you are unable to report vision changes to your doctor or health care provider.
Ensure that your doctor is aware of your past and current medical history before you start any new treatment or medication. This must include any and all diseases that you have suffered /suffer from, all subscription and over the counter medication that you are taking, including vitamins and herbal supplements. This will help avoid a possible interaction or allergy.
In some cases, the medication might be altered or require special attention if you suffer from conditions like allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
if you have gouty arthritis or are having a gout attack
if you have cataracts, recurrent eye inflammation, or eye problems caused by diabetes (diabetic retinopathy)
if you have kidney or liver problems
Certain medicines may interact with this drug.
Myambutol can used only for treating bacterial infections. Treatment with Myambutol for curing viral infections like the common cold or others will be ineffective.
Extreme stomach cramps followed by bloody or tarry stools have been noticed in some patients using Myambutol. If you experience something like this, then stop treatment immediately and contact your physician.
Treatment with Myambutol must be constantly monitored as continuous treatment renders Myambutol ineffective and leads to a re infection. This re infection is usually severe and cannot be cured by Myambutol alone.
If you are planning to have a baby or are pregnant already then you must seek advice from your doctor before using Myambutol. Discuss the effects and possible risks that Myambutol usage may have on the unborn baby.
If you are breast feeding your child, then too seek medical advice before using Myambutol. Some drugs may be excreted in the breast milk and may harm the baby.