Rifadin is medication taken to treat tuberculosis.
Rifadin Capsules contain a medicine called rifampicin. It belongs to a group of medicines called anti-bacterials and works by killing the bacteria that caused infections. Rifadin is used for treating all forms of tuberculosis (TB). Rifadin is also used to treat patients who do not have meningitis but carry the meningitis bacteria in their nose and throat and may spread the bacteria to others.
Use Rifadin as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions. Take Rifadin by mouth on an empty stomach at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after eating with a full glass of water. Do not take an antacid within 1 hour after you take Rifadin. To clear up your infection completely, take Rifadin for the full course of treatment. Keep taking it even if you feel better in a few days. Please separate doses by 8 to 12 hours if taking an oral aminosalicylic acid.
Rifadin may cause drowsiness or dizziness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Rifadin with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it. Rifadin may produce a reddish coloration of your urine, sweat, saliva, and tears.Taking Rifadin may affect the results of some blood tests. In particular, tests for folate, vitamin B12 and liver function. If you are going to have a blood test, it is important to tell your doctor that you are taking Rifadin.
Do not use Rifadin if you are allergic to any ingredient in this or to any rifamycin (eg, rifabutin); if you are taking atazanavir, cabazitaxel, darunavir, delavirdine, dronedarone, etravirine, fosamprenavir, lurasidone, nifedipine, praziquantel, ranolazine, saquinavir, tipranavir, tyrosine kinase receptor inhibitor (eg, lapatinib), or voriconazole. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Rifadin if you have liver problems, you have any kidney problems, you have diabetes, you are under weight or malnourished, you have a rare blood problem called ‘porphyria’, if you are aged 65 years or older. Taking Rifadin may permanently stain soft contact lenses.
Possible side effect
Dizziness,Diarrhea and Headache. Stop taking and go to a hospital straight away if you notice allergic reaction (a rash, swallowing or breathing problems, wheezing, swelling of your lips, face, throat or tongue),you have a fever and yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes, feel tired, weak or generally unwell, loss of appetite (anorexia), feeling sick (nausea), being sick (vomiting).
The medications that may interact with Refadin are Atazanavir, cabazitaxel, darunavir, delavirdine, dronedarone, etravirine, fosamprenavir, lurasidone, nifedipine, praziquantel, ranolazine, saquinavir, tipranavir, tyrosine kinase receptor inhibitors (eg, lapatinib), or voriconazole because their effectiveness may be decreased by Rifadin. Many prescription medicines used to treat angina, anxiety, asthma, birth control, blood thinning, cancer, diabetes, heart problems, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high iron levels, high uric acid levels, HIV, hormone replacement, immune system suppression, infections, inflammation, irregular heartbeat, low sodium levels, low vitamin D levels, mental or mood problems, nausea and vomiting, pain, seizures, sleep, thyroid may also interact with Rifadin and increase the risk of side effects or decreasing effectiveness.
If you forget a dose, take it as soon as you remember it. However, if it is nearly time for the next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not take a double dose.
If you notice such symptoms as fainting, fast or irregular heartbeat, headache, itching, loss of consciousness, nausea, severe or persistent dizziness, seizures, sluggishness, stomach pain, swelling of the eyes or face, vomiting or yellowing of the eyes and skin seek emergency medical help at once.
Store Rifadin at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C), in a tightly closed container, away from heat, moisture, and light. Avoid excessive heat (temperatures above 104 degrees F [40 degrees C]). Keep out of sight and reach of children.
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