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Rifampicin - Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 
Other Known Brands
  • Rifasynt    
  • Rimactane    

Why do I need this medicine?

Rifampicin is used together with other medicines to treat a lung infection known as tuberculosis (TB).

It can also be used to manage certain bacterial infections, as decided by your doctor.

How do I take this medicine?

Take this medicine exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

Rifampicin is best taken on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal. This will help improve the absorption.

Rifampicin must be taken at regular intervals. Continue to take this medicine even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by the doctor.

Do not skip any doses. You must complete the entire course of antibiotic. If you don't, the infection will not be properly controlled.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.

When should I not use this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you have jaundice as this medicine may not be suitable for you.

DO NOT take this medicine with medicines used to treat viral infections e.g. atazanavir, darunavir, fosamprenavir. Please see the section “Can I take this with other medicines?” below for more information.

Alert your doctor if you ever had an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing, severe rash, swollen eyes) to Rifampicin.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have the following:

- liver disease
- kidney disease
- an inherited disorder that may cause skin or nerve problems called “porphyria”
- addiction to consumption of alcohol

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

For as long as you are being treated with Rifampicin, you will need to have regular blood tests to monitor your body's response to the medicine. Your doctor will advise you about how often you need to have blood tests.

By itself, this medicine cannot cure TB. Make sure that you take the other TB medicines given to you by your doctor.

What must I do to prevent spreading TB to other people?

TB is spread through the air, especially when you cough, sneeze or laugh.

You may still be able to infect others while undergoing treatment for TB. If your doctor has told you to stay at home so that you do not spread TB to other people, follow his instructions. You may need to sleep in a bedroom separate from your family members.

Always cover your mouth when you cough, sneeze or laugh.

If you use tissue paper, seal it in a plastic bag before you throw it away.

What side effects could I experience?

Rifampicin may cause drowsiness, dizziness and light-headedness. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

Other side effects may include any of the following: diarrhoea, headache, loss of appetite, weakness, tiredness, nausea and vomiting.

If you develop rashes, breathlessness, swollen mouth or eyes, stop the medicine and inform your doctor quickly. These could be signs of an allergic reaction.

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

DO NOT take this medicine with medicines used to treat viral infections e.g. atazanavir, darunavir, fosamprenavir.

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

- medicines for epilepsy (fits or seizures) e.g. phenytoin, carbamazepine
- medicines to treat fungal infection e.g. itraconazole, ketoconazole, fluconazole
- medicines for mood disorders e.g. haloperidol, clozapine
- theophylline (medicine for asthma)
- medicines for high blood pressure or heart disease e.g. atenolol, bisoprolol, carvedilol, propranolol, metoprolol, bunazosin, diltiazem, nifedipine, verapamil, isradipine, barnidipine, nimodipine
- ciclosporin (medicine used in organ transplants)

Alert your doctor if you are taking birth control pills or other types of hormonal birth control. You may need to add on another type of birth control.

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Rifampicin.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. Protect from light.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Rifampicin - Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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