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Brand name: Rimycin TM

Active ingredients: rifampicin

What it is used for

INDICATIONS AS AT 5 DECEMBER 2001 : Tuberculosis. In the initial treatment and in retreatment of patients with tuberculosis, rifampicin must be used in conjunction with at least one other antituberculosis drug. Leprosy. (a) In the management of lepromatous leprosy and dimorphous leprosy to effect speedy conversion of the infectious state to the non-infectious state which may be expected to occur in three to four months of treatment. (b) As an alternative drug in lepromatous, dimorphous, indeterminate and tuberculoid leprosy resistant to sulfones and other anti-leprosy drugs. (c) As an alternative drug in all those patients having true drug allergy to the more commonly used anti-leprosy drugs. Prophylaxis of meningococcal disease in close contacts of known cases and in carriers (rifampicin is not indicated for the treatment of meningococcal infections). Prophylaxis of household contacts of patients with Haemophilus influenzae type B.

How to take it

The way to take this medicine is: Oral. This medicine is taken by mouth.

  • Store below 25 degrees Celsius
  • Shelf lifetime is 24 Months.

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

Size 3 hard gelatin capsule, maroon body with black cap.

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Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4 : Prescription Only Medicine.

Is this medicine subsidised?

This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on July 1, 2020. To learn more about this subsidy, visit the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) website.

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient rifampicin

You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.

Consumer Medicines Information (CMI)

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Reporting side effects

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