Description and Brand Names

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US Brand Name

  1. Rifadin
  2. Rimactane

Descriptions


Rifampin is used together with other medicines to treat tuberculosis (TB) in many different parts of the body. It is also used by patients who have a meningitis bacteria in their nose or throat to prevent the spread of the bacteria to other patients. Rifampin belongs to the class of medicines called antibiotics and works to kill or prevent the growth of bacteria. However, it will not work for colds, flu, or other virus infections.

This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription.

Once a medicine has been approved for marketing for a certain use, experience may show that it is also useful for other medical problems. Although these uses are not included in product labeling, rifampin is used in certain patients with the following medical conditions:

  • Atypical mycobacterial infections, such as Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC).
  • Leprosy (Hansen's disease).
  • Prevention of Haemophilus influenzae infection.
  • Treatment of serious staphylococcal (bacterial) infections.

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Capsule
  • Tablet
  • Syrup