What Is Rifampin Used For?

Can Children Use It?

Rifampin is approved for use in children. It can even be used in children less than one month of age. Talk to your child's healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using rifampin in children. 

Is It Safe for Older Adults to Use Rifampin?

Rifampin clinical studies did not include enough people over the age of 65 to determine whether older adults respond to or tolerate the medication any differently than younger age groups.
However, no differences have been reported between younger and older individuals in clinical use of the medication. Because older individuals are generally more likely to have other medical problems and are likely to take additional medications, rifampin should be used cautiously in older adults.

What About Off-Label Uses?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this medicine for treating something other than the conditions discussed in this article. This is known as an "off-label" use. Rifampin may be prescribed for a variety of off-label reasons, including the treatment of:
  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections
  • Cholestatic pruritus (itching due to liver disease)
  • Brucellosis (an infection that can be contracted from animals)
  • Leprosy
  • Infective endocarditis (an infection of the heart valve).

Rifampin Antibiotic Information

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