Generic Name(s): Rifadin, Rimactane, Rifadin IV
Drug Class: Antimycobacterial
Treats: Tuberculosis (TB)
Rifampin is an antibiotic that fights bacteria and stops them from spreading in your body. It also prevents infection in people who have been in close contact with a person with serious bacterial infections. Rifampin treats all forms of tuberculosis, and it also treats patients who carry the meningitis bacteria in their throat or nose, but it does not treat meningitis. The patients may spread the bacteria to others.
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Rifampin is used to treat bacterial infections and Tuberculosis. Rifampin works by inhibiting the growth of sensitive bacteria. This drug is a Rifamycin antibiotic. Rifampin is not listed for therapy in a meningitis infection due to the rapid emergence of resistant organisms.
- Bacterial infections
Rifampin dosage is dependent on the individual that it is being administered to. The following dosage is an average dose and could differ among individuals. Follow your medical professional's directions for best results.
- For tuberculosis: Adults should take 10mg per kg of their body weight.
- For meningitis: Adults should take 600mg twice a day for a period of two days.
Rifampin Side Effects
Like any other drug, Rifampin may cause side effects. You should contact your doctor if you suffer any severe side effects. Below you will find a list of Rifampin side effects. Note that not all possible side effects are listed here.
- Difficulty in breathing
- Swelling of your throat, lips, face, and tongue
- Stomach pain
- Easy bruising and bleeding
- Joint pain and swelling
- Dark urine
- Not urinating at all or urinating less than usual
- Flu symptoms
- Body aches and chills
Like any other drug, Rifampin may interact with other drugs and substances. You should consult with your doctor or medical professional before adding any new medication, including over the counter drugs. Below is a list of drugs that have been known to interact with Rifampin. Note that this list does not include all possible drug interactions.