Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
There are many other drugs that may not work as well if taken with rifabutin. Make sure your doctor knows what medicine you take, especially if you are taking zidovudine (AZT, or Retrovir®), blood thinners such as Coumadin®, methadone, steroids (such as Prednisone®), or medicines to treat diabetes, high blood pressure, pain, seizures, or asthma.
Birth control pills may not work while you are taking this medicine. Use another method of birth control (such as condoms or a diaphragm). Talk to your doctor about what kind of birth control to use while taking this medicine.
If are pregnant, talk to your doctor before taking rifabutin.
You should not breastfeed if you have HIV or AIDS, because you may give the infection to your baby through your breast milk.
This medicine should not be given to patients with active tuberculosis (TB). If you know you have TB or think you may have active TB, tell your doctor.
This medicine will not prevent tuberculosis (TB). If you get a cough that won't go away or cough up blood or thick yellow mucus tell your doctor. You will need to be checked for TB.
Some patients may get MAC disease, even while taking this medicine. If you start to have fevers that are new or worse than before, night sweats, weight loss, or severe tiredness, call your doctor.
This medicine may turn your skin, urine, bowel movements, spit, tears, and sweat a brown-orange color. This is normal. Avoid wearing soft contact lenses because they can be permanently stained. You also may need to protect your clothes from being stained.