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Treating Mac

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AIDS InfoNet

Mycobacterium Avium Complex (MAC)

What Is MAC? How Do I Know if I Have MAC? How Is MAC Treated? Can MAC Be Prevented? Drug Interaction Problems The Bottom Line What Is MAC? Mycobacterium Avium Complex (MAC) is a serious illness caused by common bacteria. MAC is also known as MAI ( Mycobacterium Avium Intracellulare). MAC infection can be localized (limited to one part of your body) or disseminated (spread through your whole body, sometimes called DMAC). MAC...
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Mycobacterium Gordanae and MAC

I have had a chronic cough for 11 months. I finally asked my Pulmonoligist to do a Mucas sample, this is after being diagnosed with having Asthma and then H flu. Now they say I have MAC and Mycobacterium Gordonae. I also have Hep C and in the...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...approach to your Rx also depends on your HIV siuation and which HIV meds you are taking and what is your current CD4 count. Treating MAC and M gordonae can be challenging even under optimal conditions and if you are intolerant to many... Read more »

MAC Treatment

Hello Dr. Pierone, I have recently been diagnosed with Disseminated MAC. My current cd4 count is 60. I am taking Kaletra, 3tc and Zerit. This is a first line regimen i started Jan 3rd.To treat the MAC my doctor has perscribed Ethambutol 1300...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
Hello and thanks for posting. Rifabutin is used together with protease inhibitors, but with a dose adjustment to 150mg every other day as in your case. The usual dose is 300mg daily, but the ritonavir (in Kaletra) slows the liver clearance of... Read more »

AIDS/MAC & Refusal of Treatment

I'm a Shanti-trained emotional support volunteer. My patient has AIDS and was diagnosed with MAC in November (1996).He is refusing treatment, both for AIDS and MAC. I see plenty of information on what will happen to folks who treat MAC,but what I'm...
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Response from Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Harvard Medical School
The main symptoms of disseminated Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) are fevers, chills, and night sweats, caused by the presence of the bacteria in the blood. With time weight loss and wasting generally occur. If untreated MAC will go on to... Read more »


My doctor told me that I have MAC and it all through my body and my T-Cells are 10 and the doctor want to treat me with MAC medications for 30 days before they put me on HIV medications and I want to know what my is my rate of survival and any other...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
Your immune system is severely depressed from HIV infection, which is why you have dessiminated MAC infection. The strategy your doctor is suggesting is reasonable. First get control of this bacterial infection and then get control of the HIV... Read more »
San Francisco General Hospital

Diagnosing and Treating Suspected MAC Disease

Disease due to disseminated Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) challenges the diagnostic skills of even HIV-experienced clinicians. Patients with advanced HIV disease and CD4 counts below 75 cells/mm 3 are particularly susceptible to MAC,... Read more »
Project Inform

Mycobacterium Avium Complex (MAC)

...disease, then you will need to continue taking drugs to stop the disease from returning. Drug resistance is a serious issue in treating MAC, but potent treatments can slow the development of drug-resistant MAC bacteria. Cause MAC is the... Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

AIDS-Related MAC

What is MAC? Many people with HIV get sick with a disease called MAC. This page explains what MAC is. It also talks about medicines to help prevent and treat MAC disease -- and how you can help yourself stay healthy. MAC is short for ... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Clarithromycin (Biaxin)

What Is Clarithromycin? Why Do People With HIV Take Clarithromycin? What About Drug Resistance? How Is Clarithromycin Taken? What Are the Side Effects? How Does Clarithromycin React With Other Drugs? What Is Clarithromycin?... Read more »
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Two weeks down and a life time to live

Posted by trulife, 2 Replies
Well's the end of two weeks on Atripla and so far things are going well. Side effects have been limited and are now subsiding. My biggest problem so far is swallowing the pill. I have always had trouble swallowing pills...go figure...a... Read more »

Husband just diagnosed with AIDS

Posted by jillymae06, 8 Replies
My husband of 13 years has just been diagnosed with AIDS... we skipped the HIV+ part and went right to full-blown AIDS. I am scared and angry at the same time. He has battled oral thrush for over a year now and his first doctor never suggested an... Read more »

Other PML sufferers

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply

MAC. & low cd-4

Posted by danni, 3 Replies
i am terrified, i just learned that i have mac. my viral load is 87,000, my cd-4; only 14. my doc. did start meds for me, but i can't get past the fear that it's too late. with my blood counts, is mac, a sure death sentence? i appreciate any... Read more »