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How Do You Treat Mycobacterium Avium Complex

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Ciprofloxacin (Cipro)

..."opportunistic infections." People with advanced HIV disease can get opportunistic infections. See Fact Sheet 500 for more information on opportunistic infections. Cipro is often used along with other antibiotics to treat mycobacterium avium complex (MAC), an opportunistic infection in people with HIV. See Fact Sheet 514 for more information on MAC. People who have a CD4 cell count of less than 50 may develop MAC. If your CD4 cell count...
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what is mac
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
...Thanks for the question.MAC is a short way of saying Mycobacterium avium complex, aka MAI- mycobacterium avium intracellulare.This is a group of bacteria which can cause widespread infection in people with Read more »

mycobacterium avium complex

I'm a healthy woman in my 60's. Iwas diagnosed with MAC about a year and a half ago. I was prescribe a cocktail o ethambutol, rifampin and biaxin. I was allergic to the first two.I have been taking Ketek 400mg 2 tablets once daily and avelox 400 mg...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
...ethambutol and rifampin so, I wonder what your allergy was. Also, why are you not on clarithromycin - the best medicine found to treat this infection? Clofazimine is a last resort. It is used in some cases as are drugs like amikacin. Talk to... Read more »

MAC MAI prognosis

Let me start by saying, I know I am asking a question that may not be good for others to see an answer to and if you want please respond to my email if you don't want to respond in the public forum.My daughter has been HIV positive for 12 years (she...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...learn more in the archives and on related links.Good luck to both you and your daughter.Dr. BobAIDS INFONET FACT SHEET 514 Mycobacterium Avium Complex (MAC) July 19, 2006 What Is MAC? How Do I Know if I Have MAC? How Is MAC Treated? Can MAC Be... Read more »

Sinusitus a Sign of HIV??? And do doctors try to treat you without you knowing??

I came down with a sinus infection on February 16th and I thought it went away but it has returned this past weekend, this time with swollen glands in my neck. The doctor did blood tests and throat culture, but there was no mono or strep. Im...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...antibiotic used in the treatment of a whole range of infections, including recurrent sinusitis, pneumonia, bronchitis and yes, MAC (Mycobacterium Avium Complex), an opportunistic infection seen in AIDS. To make the quantum leap that because you... Read more »

An Overview of Rifabutin (Mycobutin)

...HIV/AIDS-Related Uses Rifabutin was approved by the FDA on August 23, 1996, for use with other medications to prevent and treat Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC). Rifabutin is also used with other medications to treat tuberculosis (TB) in HIV... Read more »

An Overview of Clarithromycin (Biaxin)

...Clarithromycin can also be used to treat some stomach ulcers. HIV/AIDS-Related Uses Clarithromycin is used to prevent and treat Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) disease. MAC is an opportunistic infection caused by types of mycobacteria.... Read more »
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Mycobacterium Avium Complex (MAC)

...Children Pregnancy The Bottom Line 1999 Public Health Service Prevention Guidelines on MAC Prevention Introduction Mycobacterium Avium Complex (my-koe-back-teer-ee-um ay-vee-um com-plecks) disease is among the most common... Read more »
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FDA Issues "Black Box" Warning for Cipro, Similar Drugs

...ruptures that have been reported in people taking these drugs. Cipro, the most widely prescribed fluoroquinolone, is used to treat many bacterial infections. In HIV, it is often used with other drugs to treat MAC ( Mycobacterium avium complex)... Read more »
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