General

1. Examine patient for oral signs and symptoms of opportunistic infection.

2. Determine why the patient is taking the drug.

3. Patients on chronic drug therapy may develop blood dyscrasias. Symptoms include fever, sore throat, bleeding, and poor wound healing. Consultation with Primary Care Provider

1. Medical consultation may be necessary in order to assess patient's ability to tolerate stress.

2. Patients with symptoms of blood dyscrasias should be referred to their primary care provider for complete blood counts. Treatment should be postponed until the results are known. Client/Family Teaching

1. Review the importance of good oral hygiene in order to prevent soft tissue inflammation.

2. Avoid alcohol-containing mouth rinses and beverages.

3. Must take daily for months to effectively treat tuberculosis. Do not stop taking or skip doses of medication.

4. Rifampin may impart a red-orange color to urine, feces, saliva, sputum, and tears; contact lenses may become permanently discolored.

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