Myambutol is an antibiotic primarily used to treat tuberculosis.
How It Works
The active ingredient in Myambutol is ethambutol hydrochloride, which is an antibiotic agent approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) to treat tuberculosis.
Myambutol is highly effective in preventing the bacteria that causes tuberculosis from forming a cell wall. Without a cell wall, these bacilli cannot survive. The content of the bacterial cell spill out and the organism dies.
Myambutol is most commonly prescribed to treat tuberculosis. In addition, this antibiotic may be prescribed to treat infections caused by Mycobacterium avium complex, and Mycobacterium kansasii bacteria.
Diseases like tuberculosis are known as “opportunistic infections.” Tuberculosis bacteria commonly cause infections in people with weak immune system, such as those affected by HIV. Myambutol can treat tuberculosis in these individuals without causing further harm to the body.
A doctor will prescribe the right dosage of Myambutol for you depending on the severity of your condition, age, weight and response to treatment.
To have the tuberculosis completely cleared, you need to follow the dosage instructions exactly as prescribed by your doctor. You need to follow the dosage schedule as prescribed as well.
Measured qualitative of Myambutol may be prescribed to be taken several times per day. Take your dose during the same time each day to avoid forgetting a dose.
A doctor may prescribe Myambutol in lower doses for individuals who have not undergone tuberculosis treatments before. Low doses are usually advised to be taken once per day as a single dose.
You should take your Myambutol tablets orally. Swallow the tablets whole without breaking. You can take the medicine with food unless a doctor instructs you not to.
Do not take double doses of Myambutol to make up for a missed dose. If you accidentally miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. But do not take two doses at a very short interval span.
A doctor will assess the benefits of Myambutol over setbacks when prescribing this drug. Still, Myambutol may cause one or following side effects in some patients:
Swelling in the joints, particularly in the leg
Pain in the joints
Problems with vision including color blindness
Unusual sensations in the limbs
Irritation on the skin
Milk skin reaction
Inform your doctor of the above side effects if they continue to persist or gets worse over time.
Take Myambutol in recommended doses to avoid severe side effects.
Myambutol should not be taken if you are known to be allergic to the drug. Read the ingredients listed in the package to check if you are allergic to any of them.
Tell the prescribing doctor if you have had certain medical conditions in the past like diabetes or liver problems.
Myambutol is not known to harm fetuses or breastfeeding babies. However, you must seek medical advice before starting Myambutol therapy when pregnant, breastfeeding or planning to get pregnant.
Do not drink alcohol when undergoing treatment for tuberculosis with Myambutol.