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Can I use Subutex if I am taking rifabutin?

If you are taking rifabutin, talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking Subutex (buprenorphine), a medicine that helps treat addiction to opioids, including heroin, morphine and other narcotic painkillers. Rifabutin, a drug that can prevent a certain bacterial infection in people who have human immunodeficiency virus  infection, may interact with Subutex; that may affect how well one or both drugs work, causing side effects. Your doctor may need to adjust your doses of these medications and monitor you closely for side effects.

Rifabutin is one of many drugs that may interact with Subutex. Before starting treatment with Subutex, give your doctor and pharmacist a list of all your other medicines (prescription and nonprescription) and herbal and dietary supplements. Once you're on Subutex, do not take any new drug or supplement without checking with your doctor and pharmacist first.

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