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Hello. I want to ask about the rules for taking TB medicine. So for 2 weeks I took an inhaler drug, rifampin u0026amp; I drink ethambutol at once at night because the description of the medicine is 3xsehari cm ethambutol and inh, rifampin once a day, it is not explained that it is taken morning / night. Then when the medicine runs out and buy again, there is an explanation if inhal (pehadoxin) is taken in the morning. So what I ask, can I change the rules for drinking in the previous night to morning?

1 Answer:

Hi Ziliana,

Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

Regular treatment is a very important factor in supporting the success of tuberculosis therapy. This of course is not easy. Because, to eradicate Mycobacterium tuberculosis which causes TB disease, patients need to take the drug regularly for at least 6 months. For this reason, in order to increase the potential for healing, you need to understand correctly the instructions for taking OAT (anti-TB drugs) that your doctor has given you.

The types of OAT that you mentioned are not entirely included in the free drug category. Therefore, it is not right for us to explain in detail about the consumption procedure.

In general, consumption of OAT in the morning or at night is not a standard that must be done. You can consume OAT, either in the morning or at night. However, in order to increase drug absorption, it is highly recommended to consume OAT on an empty stomach, for example in the morning after waking up (2 to 3 hours before breakfast) or at night before bed (2 to 3 hours after dinner). Consumption of OAT on an empty stomach is also useful to minimize the nausea that often appears after consuming OAT, especially if previously you often had problems related to high stomach acid production.

However, back again, OAT consumption can be adjusted according to your convenience. If you feel more comfortable taking INH at night, then you can continue taking it at that time. The most important thing is, you consume OAT regularly without forgetting.

That's all for our explanation. For more details, don't hesitate to consult directly with your doctor.

Semoa helps.

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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