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Diagnosed with mycobacterium in lungs. Prescribed clarithromycin. Only drug to treat the condition?

I was diagnoised with MYCOBACTERIUM in both lungs. The doctor prescribed CLARITHROMYCIN 500MG TAB. He said this was the ONLY medication that would work. I am taking 1/2 a tablet every 12 hours because more upsets my stomach and gives me a very bad headache . It is hard for me to believe that this is the only medication that I can take. I understand that a lot of people can t tolerate this antibiotic; what do they do? Thank you. David A. Levine
Asked On : Mon, 10 Dec 2012
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By saying Mycobacterium, I suppose you are referring to Atypical Mycobacteria, or Non tubercular mycobacteria, because only this Mycobacterium is treated with Clarithromycin. However, apart from Clarithromycin, 2 more drugs are to be prescribed ie, Ethambutol & Rifabutin. If Clarithromycin has to be given singly, it is done to PREVENT Atypical Mycobacteria in susceptible individuals. Also, Have an HIV test done.
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