What is Rifampin?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Rifampicin is typically used to treat Mycobacterium infections, including the tuberculosis and leprosy; it also has a role in the treatment of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in combination with fusidic acid.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Bartonella infection 10 3
Mycobacterium avium complex 5 1
Lyme disease 3 2
Tuberculosis 3 2
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus 2 2

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
1
Moderate
8
Mild
1
None
5

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Rifampin

Side effect Patients
Jarisch-Herxeimer reaction 2
Urine orange color 2
Abdominal cramps 1
Acid reflux 1
Chronic fatigue 1
Decreased appetite 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Rifampin

Dosage Patients
600 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Rifampin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 7
Doctor's advice 3
Side effects too severe 3
Other 1
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Duration

Currently taking Rifampin

Duration Patients
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Rifampin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 2
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 13
Usually 1
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 6
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 0
< $25 6
Not specified 8

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Rifampin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Azithromycin (Zithromax) 1
Carbidopa-Levodopa (Sinemet) 1
Clindamycin (Clindamycin PH 1% Gel) 1
Doxycycline (Doxylin) 1

Patients stopped taking Rifampin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Levofloxacin (Levaquin) 1
Minocycline (Minocin) 1
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2 patient evaluations for Rifampin

Dec 13, 2015 (Started Oct 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for mycobacterium avium complex)
  • Side effects
    Severe (nausea and dizziness, abdominal cramps)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Twice daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 27, 2011 (Started Feb 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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