Rifampin (Injection)

Introduction

Rifampin (rif-AM-pin)

Treats tuberculosis (TB) and other types of infections.

Brand Name(s)

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

Rifadin IV

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not use this medicine if you have had a previous allergic reaction to rifampin.

How to Use This Medicine

Injectable

  • Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. Keep all medicine out of the reach of children.
  • An IV infusion is medicine that is put directly into your body through one of your veins.
  • This medicine should be given by a person trained to give IV medicine, such as a nurse. Sometimes you, a family member, or friend can be taught to give your medicine.

If a dose is missed:

  • This medicine needs to be given on a regular schedule. Take the missed dose as soon as you remember, then return to your usual schedule.
  • If you miss more than one dose, call your doctor for instructions.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine

  • If you have your treatments at home, you should be given a special container for the used needles. Keep it where children or pets cannot reach it.
  • Check the bag to make sure there are no leaks. Also make sure the solution is clear. If you see particles in the solution, You should not use it.
  • Store in a refrigerator. Do not freeze. Take it out of the refrigerator an hour before the time for your next dose and allow it to warm to room temperature in a clean, dry place.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Do not drink alcohol while taking this medicine.
  • Rifampin interacts with many other medicines. Make sure your doctor knows all of the medicines that you are taking before you take rifampin. The doses of the other medicines may have to be changed while you are taking rifampin.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you have liver disease before you take this medicine.
  • Birth control pills may not work if you take them with this medicine. A different kind of birth control should be used; check with your doctor.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Soft contact lenses may be permanently stained red-orange by rifampin. You may not want to wear them while taking this medicine.
  • Be sure to see your doctor regularly while you are taking this medicine. Reschedule any appointments you miss.
  • Your urine, stool, saliva (spit), sweat, and tears may turn a red-orange color; this is normal.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Yellow skin or eyes
  • Bloody or very dark urine
  • Fever
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Hives, sores on the skin or in the mouth

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach upset or cramping
  • Loss of appetite

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

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