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About rifampicin

  Rifampicin is an antibiotic which is prescribed to treat a variety of serious infections. It is frequently prescribed to treat tuberculosis (TB). When prescribed in this way, it is usually prescribed as just one of a number of medicines to treat the infection. Alternatively, rifampicin can be prescribed to protect you from getting a serious infection (including TB, meningitis, or Haemophilus influenzae) because you have been in close contact with someone who has the infection.

  TB is a bacterial infection which is mostly found in the lungs but which can affect any part of your body. TB is treatable with a course of medicines which usually need to be taken for six months. As several medicines are given together to treat TB, there are some brands of rifampicin tablets which contain the medicine in combination with one or more other medicines used to treat TB. These combination brands help to reduce the total number of tablets that need to be taken each day, and are listed in the table above.