Rifampicin Drugs?

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I want to ask, I am a smoker and I was diagnosed with the Lung Gland, I was given OAT drugs, the question is whether smoking and milk interfere with the performance of the drug?

1 Answer:

Hello,

OAT is an anti-tuberculosis drug regimen intended to treat tuberculosis. This drug is ideal for consumption on an empty stomach (before meals) to increase the absorption of good drugs so that the disease can be treated optimally.


So you should drink OAT on an empty stomach.


Regarding milk, there is scientific evidence that milk can inhibit the absorption of some drugs, especially antibiotics. So it is widely circulated that it is best not to drink milk at the same time as medicine. This is true. So we recommend that you take OAT drugs with water only. However, you can still consume milk before / after 2 hours of taking the medicine to make sure the medicine is working properly.


Regarding smoking, there have been many studies that smoking can interfere with body health. One of them is disturbing the health of the lungs and airways and other body systems. In several studies also, smoking can increase drug excretion (one of which is rifampin, a drug for tuberculosis) so that it can cause the drug to be slightly absorbed by the body and of course cause the drug to not work optimally. Of course this interferes with your treatment process.


So, for optimal treatment, we recommend that you stop smoking and avoid it and consume balanced nutrition, maintain your health with a healthy lifestyle and take medications as recommended.


I hope this helps.

dr. Yusi

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