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Generic: rifabutin
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It is used to prevent mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) in people with HIV infection

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What is this medicine?

RIFABUTIN (RIF a byoo tin) is an antibiotic. It is used to prevent mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) in people with HIV infection. This medicine does not cure or prevent HIV. It will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • kidney disease
  • tuberculosis
  • wear contact lenses
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to rifabutin, rifampin, rifapentine, rifaximin, other medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take it with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. It is important to take all of your medicine as directed even if you think your are better. Do not skip doses or stop your medicine early.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses. Tell your health care professional about all missed doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • clarithromycin
  • delavirdine
  • erythromycin
  • sirolimus
  • troleandomycin
  • voriconazole

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • dapsone
  • female hormones, like estrogens or progestins and birth control pills, patches, rings, or injections
  • fluconazole
  • itraconazole
  • medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin
  • medicines for HIV
  • sulfamethoxazole; trimethoprim

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