Available in oral and injectable forms, Rifadin® (rifampin) is an antibiotic prescribed for various uses. Specifically, oral forms of the drug are approved to treat tuberculosis and to get rid of a certain type of bacteria that can cause a meningococcal infection. The injectable form of Rifadin is used to treat tuberculosis when the medicine cannot be taken by mouth.
Because not everyone can safely use Rifadin, it's important to fully understand the medication's safety information before starting treatment; this includes being aware of things like possible drug interactions and side effects (such as heartburn, headaches, and drowsiness). Also, let your healthcare provider know if you have any other medical conditions, such as:
Liver disease, such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, or liver failure
Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
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