Rifampin Instructions

You may receive a prescription drug called rifampin (Rifadin®) if you have tuberculosis or are a carrier of Neisseria meningitides (the bacteria that causes meningococcal infections, such as meningitis). Dosing instructions for rifampin will vary for each person, depending on their weight, the reason they are using this drug, and how they respond to it.
Rifampin comes in capsule and injectable forms. The capsule is normally taken by mouth once or twice a day. The injection is normally given through a needle inserted into a vein (an intravenous, or IV, injection). The capsules should be taken on an empty stomach at least one hour before or two hours after a meal.
Rifampin can also be made into a liquid suspension for those who have problems swallowing capsules, such as children.
(For more dosing instructions, including practical tips to help you get the most out of each dose, click Rifampin Dosage.)
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