As a type of antibiotic, rifampin (Rifadin®) is prescribed to treat certain types of bacteria. Specifically, this drug is used to treat tuberculosis. Rifampin can also help get rid of a certain type of bacteria called Neisseria meningitides (also referred to as meningococcus) from the nasopharynx (the nose and throat).
This medicine comes in the form of a capsule or an injection. Rifampin works by blocking the action of a certain enzyme that the bacteria need to be able to survive. Side effects are possible and include heartburn, headaches, and drowsiness.
(Click Rifampin to learn more about this drug, including dosing guidelines and safety concerns to be aware of before starting treatment.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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