Compare ethambutol vs. Rifadin

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Treats and prevents mycobacterial infections like tuberculosis.

Myambutol (ethambutol) works well to treat or prevent mycobacterial infections, but has to be combined with other medicines and taken for a long period of time.

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  • First-choice treatment for tuberculosis.
  • There are different dosing regimens, which can make taking Myambutol (ethambutol) more convenient for your schedule.
  • Myambutol (ethambutol) can be taken with food and may help with any stomach upset.
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  • Remembering to take Myambutol (ethambutol) daily over a long period of time and with other medicines can be difficult.
  • Not a good choice if you have a history or are experiencing any vision problems.
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Used for
  • Tuberculosis
  • Prevention of Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) infection in HIV, transplant, or cancer patients
  • Active tuberculosis Active tuberculosis - HIV infection HIV infection - Inactive tuberculosis Inactive tuberculosis Meningococcal infectious disease
  • Carrier Reactivation tuberculosis Tuberculosis
  • Extrapulmonary
  • Atypical mycobacterial infection Bacterial meningitis
  • Staphylococcus aureus or epidermidis Bacterial meningitis
  • Streptococcus pneumoniae Bartonellosis - HIV infection Brucellosis; Adjunct Cholestasis - Pruritus Cutaneous leishmaniasis Haemophilus influenzae infection; Prophylaxis Human anaplasmosis Infective endocarditis Leprosy Mycobacterium avium complex infection
  • Lung disease Osteomyelitis Peritoneal dialysis-associated peritonitis Staphylococcal infectious disease
  • For synergy
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Pill
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Side effects
The Myambutol (ethambutol) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Rifadin (Rifampin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Vision problems
  • Liver problems
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