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I have a son who has health problems all the time and somehow we get used to this. Each year, even twice, he has some bacterial infection. Few times, his doctor prescribed him drugs we have never heard for this. Once he had terrible side effects, so now we are skeptic to any new medicine he has to take. This time, he is recommended to take Rifampin, so I want to hear more about this medicine.

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Rifampin is used to treat bacterial infection, and this medicine could be used to treat tuberculosis. It can be taken by patients who may carry meningitis bacteria in their nose and throat, because it can be spread to others. Rifampin is best taken with a full glass of water on an empty stomach, either 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal. However, if this medicine upsets your son’s stomach, his doctor may want him to take it with food. The dose of Rifampin will be different for different patients, so take it as your doctor prescribed. While he take this medicine, it is very important that he check his progress at regular visits. Beside this, if his symptoms do not improve within 2 to 3 weeks, or if they become worse, you should check it with the doctor. Like any other medicine, Rifampin has some possible side effects, and if you notice any, takes your son to the doctor. Some of those are chills, difficult breathing, dizziness, fever and headaches. You might notice itching, muscle and bone pain, skin rash and redness, which are less common side effects of this medicine.
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