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Bedaquiline can cause serious and sometimes fatal side effects. This medicine should be used only if you have no other treatment options. Use only the prescribed dose of this medication, and do not use it for longer than your doctor recommends. Follow all patient instructions for safe use. Talk with your doctor about your individual risks and benefits of using bedaquiline.
Bedaquiline can affect your heart rhythm, especially if you also take certain other medicines. Tell your doctor about all medicines you use, and those you start or stop using during your treatment with bedaquiline, especially an antibiotic, anti-malaria medication, migraine headache medication, medicine for depression or mental illness, heart rhythm medicine, cancer medicine, or medicine to prevent or treat nausea and vomiting.
Bedaquiline is an antibiotic that fights bacteria.
Bedaquiline is used together with other medications to treat tuberculosis that has been resistant to other antibacterial medications.
Bedaquiline can cause serious and sometimes fatal side effects. This medicine should be used only if you have no other treatment options.
Bedaquiline may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
You should not use bedaquiline if you are allergic to it.
To make sure bedaquiline is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
FDA pregnancy category B. Bedaquiline is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether bedaquiline passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.
Do not give this medication to anyone under 18 years old without medical advice.
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Use only the prescribed dose of this medication, and do not use it for longer than your doctor recommends. Follow all patient instructions for safe use.
Take with food.
Take this medicine with a full glass of water. Swallow the tablet whole. Do not break.
Bedaquiline is usually taken every day for 2 weeks, and then only 3 times per week for the next 22 weeks.
Bedaquiline must be given in combination with at least 3 other tuberculosis medications and it should not be used alone. Use all medications as directed by your doctor. Read the medication guide or patient instructions provided with each medication. Do not change your doses or medication schedule without your doctor's advice.
Follow your doctor's dosing instructions very carefully.
Use this medication for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Skipping doses may also increase your risk of further infection that is resistant to antibiotics.
While using bedaquiline, you may need frequent blood tests. Your heart function may also need to be checked with an electrocardiograph or ECG (sometimes called an EKG).
Store this medicine in the original container at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
If you miss a dose during the first 2 weeks of treatment: Skip the missed dose and do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
If you miss a dose during week 3 or later: Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
Avoid drinking alcohol. It may increase your risk of liver damage while you are taking bedaquiline.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
Common side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Many drugs can interact with bedaquiline, and some should not be used at the same time. Not all possible interactions are listed here. Tell your doctor about all your medications and any you start or stop using during treatment with bedaquiline, especially:
This list is not complete and many other drugs can interact with bedaquiline. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Give a list of all your medicines to any healthcare provider who treats you.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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