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Rifamycin - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

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Information about Rifamycin

Generic Name : Rifamycin
Latest prescription information about Rifamycin. Learn its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.

Trade Names/Brand Names of Rifamycin


Overview of Rifamycin

Rifamycin is an antibacterial agent used for the treatment of travelers’ diarrhea caused by noninvasive strains of Escherichia coli among adults.

Why is Rifamycin Prescribed? (Indications)

Rifamycin is prescribed for the treatment of travelers’ diarrhea in adults. 


When should Rifamycin not be taken? (Contraindications)

Rifamycin is contraindicated in patients with: • Allergy to Rifamycin or related antibiotics like rifaximin or any of the components in Rifamycin.
• Not used for diarrhea with fever or bloody stool
• Diarrhea due to pathogens other than non-invasive strains of E. coli.

What is the dosage of Rifamycin?

Dosage : Rifamycin is available as delayed-release tablets containing 194 mg rifamycin to be used for travelers’ diarrhea.

How should Rifamycin be taken?

1. The recommended dose of rifamycin is 388 mg (two tablets) twice daily for three days orally with a glass of liquid with or without food.
2. Do not crush, break or chew the tablets.
3. Do not take rifamycin with alcohol.

What are the warnings and precautions for Rifamycin?

• Discontinue rifamycin if diarrhea gets worse or persists for more than 2 days.
• Inform patients that diarrhea can also be caused by antibacterial drugs, which usually ends when that particular drug is discontinued, for which rifamycin may not be effective.
• Rifamycin should only be used to treat bacterial infections, not for viral infections like common cold.
• If rifamycin dose is skipped or full course is not completed, effectiveness of treatment may be reduced and resistance could be developed.

What are the side effects of Rifamycin?

• Gastrointestinal: Constipation, Abdominal pain, dyspepsia
• Nervous system: Headache

What are the other precautions for Rifamycin?

• Pregnant women are informed of the potential risk to a fetus.
• The developmental and health benefits of breastfeeding should be considered along with the mother’s clinical need for rifamycin.
• The safety and effectiveness of rifamycin were not evaluated in patients less than 18 years of age with travelers’ diarrhea.

What are the storage conditions for Rifamycin?

Store rifamycin tablets at 20° to 25°C.

Last Updated : 5/23/2019

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