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Brand name: Rifadin TM

Active ingredients: rifampicin

What it is used for

Tuberculosis. In the initial treatment and in re-treatment of patients with tuberculosis, RIFADIN must be used in conjunction with at least one other antituberculosis drug. Leprosy. In the management of lepromatous leprosy and dimorphous leprosy to effect speedy conversion of the infectious state to the noninfectious state, which may be expected to occur in 3 to 4 months of treatment. As an alterantive drug in lepromatous, dimorphous, indeterminate and tuberculoid leprosy resistant to sulfones and other antileprosy drugs. As an alternative drug in all those patients having true drug allergy to the more commonly used antileprosy drugs. Meningococcal disease. Prophylaxis of meningococcal disease in close contacts of known cases and in carriers. (RIFADIN is not indicated for the treatment of meningococcal infections). Haemophilus influenzae. Prophylaxis of household contacts of patients with H. influenzae type B.

How to take it

This medicine is a pack that contains more than one part.

Part 1: Injection, powder for

Powder, red

The way to take this medicine is: Intravenous. This medicine or fluids is given through a needle or tube (catheter) inserted into a vein.

Part 2: Diluent, not applicable

Clear liquid

The way to take this medicine is: Intravenous. This medicine or fluids is given through a needle or tube (catheter) inserted into a vein.

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.

Storage instructions

  • Store below 25 degrees Celsius
  • Shelf lifetime is 3 Years.

Do I need a prescription?

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

  • 1 vial of powder - 600mg pack

We are unable to tell you if you need a prescription for these medicines. You can ask your pharmacist. This medicine is Not Scheduled.

  • 1 ampoule of water 10mL pack

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.

Download leaflet

For side effects, taking other medicines and more

Download consumer medicine information leaflet (pdf) from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) website

Reporting side effects

You can help ensure medicines are safe by reporting the side effects you experience.

You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at www.tga.gov.au/reporting-problems

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