Can you take Rifampin with Mepron or Malarone?

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tropicalsun
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   Posted 10/26/2008 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I am pretty sure it has been mentioned here that you can't take Rifampin with Mepron/Malarone. Does anyone know anything about this?   Do you know why?   Any input would be greatly appreciated? 

ktp812
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   Posted 10/27/2008 7:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I was on Rifampin with Malarone for about 6 months. I believe it is because Rifampin makes the malarone less effective. Dr. H put me on both so I don't know..They both seemed to work for me.

tropicalsun
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   Posted 10/27/2008 9:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your response.  I was prescribed it by L there at Dr. H.  but my daughter's Dr. told me you shouldn't take Rifampin with Mepron/Malarone.   Also, now I remember someone mentioned something like that here. I am more confused than ever.  Why would they prescribe the 2 together if one blocks the other?

ktp812
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   Posted 10/27/2008 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   

I just got out my medication information list they give you at Dr. H office. It says under Malarone/Mepron to inform your healthcare provider if you are taking the two together because Rifampin will lower the levels of Malarone/Mepron in your body. So I am confused as well.

I am no longer taking Rifampin but am still on Malarone.


tropicalsun
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   Posted 10/27/2008 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Are you doing the bloodwork to check the liver every month also? What are you on now? I was on Ceftzil/plaquenil/Zithro/Artemesia. Now I was switched to Rifampin/zithro/plaquenil/Malarone because they beleive I have Babs even though I have shown up neg. Positive for Bart. & Mycoplasma.

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   Posted 10/27/2008 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
     I have also heard of rifampin rendering malarone/mepron ineffective. I would call your dr about that as it could prove to be a waste of time.Peace!
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   Posted 10/27/2008 7:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I have the blood work done every month and the only thing I ever have a problem with is the WBC.
I was on Rifampin/Malarone/Plaquenil/Bicillin and then Zithro/Doxy/Plaquenil/Malarone now suppose to be on Zithro/Mino/Plaq/Malarone but I am currently taking nothing as I am having huge problems with the zithro/mino combo. They think I have babs too even though I was negative on the testing. I was just re-tested two weeks ago though.
I have no idea why they think babs since I never had any of the symptoms. I know it is clinical diagnosis but have no idea why they thought it.
 

tropicalsun
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   Posted Yesterday 9:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Did you ever ask them, why they thought it? 

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   Posted Today 7:21 AM (GMT -6)   

because of night sweats and chills..after 7 months on Malarone they are finally gone (since June). I am still on Malarone which they will probably stop when I go out there next month. I had no other Babs symptoms that I know of.

When I first got sick I did have a high temp 103 and flu symptoms but I think that is a sign of Lyme.

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