Serious. These medicines may interact and cause very harmful effects. Contact your healthcare professional (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) for more information.
How the interaction occurs:
Rifampin may slow down how quickly your liver processes your cancer medicine.
What might happen:
The amount of your cancer medicine in your blood may increase and cause more side effects than expected.
What you should do about this interaction:
Make sure your healthcare professionals (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) know that you are taking these medicines together. Your doctor may want to perform certain laboratory tests more often while you are taking your medicines. Be sure to keep all of your laboratory appointments. Let your doctor know right away if you experience an irregular heartbeat, dizziness or fainting episodes; unusual tiredness, shortness of breath, paleness; unusual or unexplained bleeding or bruising; signs of infection such as fever, cough, flu-like symptoms; burning on urination; muscles aches; or worsening of skin problems.Your healthcare professionals may already be aware of this interaction and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.
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2.US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Drug Development and Drug Interactions: Table of Substrates, Inhibitors and Inducers. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DevelopmentApprovalProcess/DevelopmentResources/D rugInteractionsLabeling/ucm093664.htm. Updated 08/05/2011.