Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Sirturo include the following:
- Sirturo comes in the form of a tablet. It is usually taken by mouth once a day for 2 weeks and then three times a week for 22 more weeks.
- This medication should be taken with food and water.
- Do not cut, crush, or chew the tablets. They must be swallowed whole.
- Sirturo is taken in combination with other tuberculosis medicines. Make sure you understand the instructions for taking your other medicines as well.
- You should not drink alcohol during Sirturo treatment.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work to treat your infection if you do not take it, or take less than the full course. Also, missing doses or not taking the entire course of treatment may increase the risk that the bacteria will become resistant to Sirturo or other tuberculosis medications.
There is only one standard recommended dose of Sirturo, regardless of your age, weight, or other medicines you are taking. As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Sirturo Dosage for more information.)
Just like any medicine, Sirturo can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. Most people tolerate it quite well.
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of Sirturo include but are not limited to:
- Joint pain
(Click Sirturo Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)