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Generic name: rifabutin

Pfizer (name brand); Lupin Ltd. (generic)

What it does:
Helps prevent disseminated Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) disease

Traditional dosage:
300 mg in capsules, once daily. If prone to nausea or vomiting, split into two doses daily, with food

Drug interactions, precautions, & recommendations:
Do not use with Rescriptor or Norvir. May reduce effectiveness of Sporanox, Biaxin, Fortovase, and Invirase as well as oral contraceptives. Cut dose in half if also taking Crixivan or Viracept. Do not take if you have active tuberculosis.

Side effects:
Most serious: neutropenia Other: rash, gastrointestinal disorders, flu-like symptoms

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