Rifampin - Drug Information

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General Information on Rifampin

Generic Name : Rifampin

Pronunciation : rif' am pin

Latest prescription information about Rifampin. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y40.6 | Therapeutic Classification : Anti- Tuberculosis

Trade Names/Brand Names of Rifampin

India- Afarcin 450, Acirimpi, Cavidin, Coxid-450, Coxid-450, Coxbact, Rimpin KT, RF, Kemorifa, Koxymide Forte, SCC2, Rifacil -450, Edizide, Siticox, Osorifa, Denex, Eufacin, R -Cin, Tubercin, Tricin, Grifa, Famcin, LS Rif , Gocox, Macox, Monocin, Monotmycin, Mycostat, Rimpin, Rifacept, Rifacilin, Rifampila, Rifamycin, Rimactane, Rimpacin, Ticin, Zucox.
International- Rifadin, Rimactane.

Why is Rifampin Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a rifamycin antibiotic, prescribed for tuberculosis (TB). It kills or stops the growth of sensitive bacteria.

When should Rifampin not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with severe liver impairment, jaundice, and hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category C :

Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the fetus and there are no appropriate studies in pregnant women, but potential benefits may allow the use of the drug in pregnant women despite the potential for risks.

What is the dosage of Rifampin?

Adult: PO- The recommended dosage is 10 mg/kg/day or 2-3 times/week. Max: 600 mg/day.

How should Rifampin be taken?

It comes as a capsule to take by mouth, on an empty stomach.

What are the warnings and precautions for Rifampin?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of liver disease, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It may cause drowsiness or dizziness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Rifampin?

   Gastrointestinal : Heartburn, stomach upset, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, jaundice, flatulence, cramps and diarrhea.
   Central Nervous System : Headache, fever, drowsiness, fatigue, incoordination, dizziness, inability to concentrate, mental confusion, behavioral changes, muscular weakness and pain in extremities.
   Eye : Visual disturbances.
   Hypersensitivity Reactions : Itching, hives and rash.
   Miscellaneous : Flu syndrome, chills, bone pain, shortness of breath, wheezing, decrease in blood pressure and shock.

What are the other precautions for Rifampin?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions of Rifampin?

Store it at room temperature.

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