Rifadin is generically known as rifampin. This antibiotic is meant only for the treatment of bacterial infections such as tuberculosis. It does not treat viral infections like flu or common cold. Overuse or misuse of any antibiotic may result in reduced efficiency.
This medicine is used to prevent or treat tuberculosis. It may also be used to decrease some bacteria in throat and nose that could cause meningitis or other respiratory tract infections. Rifampin prevents you from transmitting these bacteria to the public, but this medicine does not treat active meningitis.
How To Use
This medicine should be used on an empty stomach with a glass full of water 2 hours after and 1 hour before meals. Do not use antacids along with rifampin if you experience nausea as it may reduce the effectiveness of the medicine. If you are facing difficulty in swallowing the capsules, you may break the capsule and spread the contents on a spoonful of soft, cool jelly or applesauce. Eat the entire contents immediately. If you are using the suspension form, then the bottle should be shaken well before use.
This drug may be responsible for upset stomach, drowsiness, indigestion, nausea, heartburn, headache, dizziness or menstrual changes. This medicine may produce a harmless, red-colored urine, saliva, sweat or tears. Soft contact lenses may be stained permanently. Rifampin may sometimes cause a liver disorder. Though sometimes important to completely treat some infections, combination with other drugs may elevate the risk. Tell your druggist if any of these unlikely yet major side effects occur: pain in stomach, fever, headache, chills, muscle aches, change in the urinal volume, kidney problems, vomiting, dark urine, mental changes, mood swings, confusion, depression, yellowish eyes, abnormal tiredness, easy bleeding/bruising, joint pain, small red spots on skin and swelling. Sometimes this drug may cause diarrhea. Some symptoms of this condition are: stomach cramps, blood or mucus in excreta, persistent diarrhea and abdominal pain. Using this drug for repeated or prolonged periods may lead to oral or vaginal thrush. Look out for signs like: a change in the vaginal secretion and other symptoms.
Before using this medicine, notify your doctor about your medical record, especially of: liver diseases, diabetes, hepatitis, history of alcohol use and HIV infection. Tell your doctor or druggist about all your allergic reactions to rifmapin or any inactive ingredient present in it. This drug may make you drowsy or dizzy. Avoid driving or using machine or doing any such activity which requires alertness. This medicine may cause the inactivity of the live typhoid vaccines. Therefore, while using this drug, do not take any vaccinations or immunizations without the approval of your doctor.
Rifadin And Pregnancy
During pregnancy, use this medicine only if urgently required. When this medicine is used during the last weeks of pregnancy, there are chances of bleeding in both the infant and mother. Rifampin can be passed into the breast milk and cause damage to nursing baby.
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