Rifampin Antibiotic Information
The antibiotic rifampin (Rifadin®) is prescribed for the following uses:
- The treatment of tuberculosis
- Getting rid of a certain type of bacteria that can cause a meningococcal infection.
Rifampin is available as capsules or an injection that is given through a needle inserted into a vein (an intravenous, or IV, injection).
Although most people who use this medicine tolerate it fairly well, side effects are possible. Some of the potential side effects include allergic reactions, headaches, and drowsiness. Fortunately, most reactions to the medication tend to be mild and easy to treat.
While rifampin can be an effective treatment, this drug is not the best choice for some people. Information on your medical history should be reviewed with your healthcare provider before starting treatment to reduce your risk for certain complications. For example, tell your healthcare provider if you have diabetes, kidney disease, or any allergies.
(Click Rifampin for more information on this drug, including how it works, dosing instructions, and general safety warnings.)