Yellow Eyes When Taking Pulmonary TB Drugs?
I have pulmonary tuberculosis, and now I am taking TB 6, pyrazinamide, and rifabiotic as prescribed by the doctor. But my eyes turn yellow, is that a side effect from taking the medicine? And is that a sign of liver damage? Is it dangerous? Thanks
Thank you for the question.
Regularity of consuming OAT is one of the important pillars that determine the healing of TB sufferers (tuberculosis). However, as with other treatments, consumption of OAT is not without risk. Although known to be effective in eradicating TB microorganisms, OAT also has a variety of side effects, including causing liver dysfunction, which makes the eyes yellow.
Consumption of several types of OAT (anti-TB drugs), especially isoniazid, pyrazinamide, and rifampicin can indeed cause eye and skin yellowing due to impaired liver function. Not only that, impaired liver function due to side effects of OAT can also make you feel weak, easily tired, nausea, vomiting, confusion, excessive sweating, bloating, bulging tummy, easily full, pale stools, dark urine, or appear much more other complaints.
This condition should be examined directly by a doctor or internist in order to be further evaluated and treated, yes. Usually, the doctor will first check your general health condition, including to assess how severe your condition is, also to rule out other possible causes of yellow, such as hepatitis , disorders of the sac or bile duct, alcoholism, liver cancer, cirrhosis, hemolytic anemia, and so on. If pure yellow arises due to side effects of OAT, then treatment can be done with the principle of challenge-rechallenge to find out which OAT is the most causing complaints. After that, further treatment can be considered, such as by changing, reducing the dose, or stopping the consumption of OAT. Of course, determining the best treatment for this condition must be done with careful consideration, for the good of the sufferer himself.
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