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A 32-year-old member asked:

What to do about mycobutin, (rifabutin) and prednisolone, help treat tuberculosis.?

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Dr. Joram Seggev
Specializes in Allergy and Immunology
Take as prescribed: You don't tell me what organ is infected and which other drugs have been prescribed. Mycobutin (rifabutin) is an effective anti-tuberculous medication. Prednisolone is necessary in some (not all) tuberculosis cases. In short, without more information, take as prescribed by your physician.
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Complicated: Rifabutin (mycobutin) is generally used in treating mycobacterium avium infection. When TB is treated it is usually in a combination of three drugs, the most common being isoniazide, rifambin and ethambutol. Prednisolone is seldom used in treating TB unless there is meningitis or pericarditis and there is some argument about the latter.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

How does mycobutin (rifabutin) and prednisolone treat tuberculosis?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
They don't: Mycobutin (rifabutin) is an alternative to Rifampin for the treatment of tb. However, you would never treat TB with either of those drugs alone. Tb always requires combination therapy to prevent resistance. Rifampin is combined with 2-3 other anti-tb drugs. Prednisolone does not treat tb, but it is sometimes used to treat inflammatory symptoms that can occur as a result of TB or TB therapy.

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Last updated Dec 1, 2014

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