RIFINAH 300/150MG COATED TABLETS

Active substance: RIFAMPICIN

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INFORMATION FOR THE USER

Rifinah 300/150mg
Coated Tablets
rifampicin - isoniazid
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Important things you need to know about Rifinah 300/150mg
Tablets
The name of your medicine is Rifinah 300/150mg Coated Tablets (called
Rifinah 300/150mg Tablets in this leaflet).
• It is very important that you take Rifinah 300/150mg Tablets exactly as your
doctor has told you. There is a chance of you having a severe and dangerous
allergic reaction if you do not take your tablets every day as you are told
• You must keep taking it until your doctor tells you to stop.
• If you are taking any other medicines, including medicines you have bought
from the pharmacy or shop, you must make sure your doctor knows
• Rifinah 300/150mg Tablets makes all of your body fluids an orange or red
colour. Do not worry - this is normal and not harmful
• Take Rifinah 300/150mg Tablets on an empty stomach. This means at least
30 minutes before food or 2 hours after food
• While you are taking Rifinah 300/150mg Tablets, you should not eat cheese,
skipjack tuna or drink red wine (see ‘Taking Rifinah 300/150mg Tablets with
food and drink’)
• If you get a temperature, are sick, begin to feel more unwell, lose your
appetite or have yellowing of the skin, gums or eyes, you must talk to your
doctor straight away
Read the rest of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine.
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again. If you have any further questions,
ask your doctor or your pharmacist. This medicine has been prescribed for you.
Do not pass it to others. It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same
as yours. If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not
listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

In this leaflet:
1. What Rifinah 300/150mg Tablets are and what they are used for
2. Before you take Rifinah 300/150mg Tablets
3. How to take Rifinah 300/150mg Tablets
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Rifinah 300/150mg Tablets
6. Further information

1. What Rifinah 300/150mg Tablets are and what
they are used for

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Rifinah 300/150mg Tablets contain two different medicines called rifampicin
and isoniazid. They both belong to a group of medicines called anti-tuberculous
drugs. They work by killing the bacteria that cause tuberculosis.
Rifinah 300/150mg Tablets are used to treat tuberculosis (also known as TB).

2. Before you take Rifinah 300/150mg Tablets

Do not take Rifinah 300/150mg Tablets if:
X You are allergic (hypersensitive) to
- rifampicin
- isoniazid
- any of the other ingredients of the Rifinah 300/150mg Tablets (see
Section 6: Further information)
Signs of an allergic reaction include: a rash, swallowing or breathing
problems, swelling of your lips, face, throat or tongue
X You have yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
X You are taking saquinavir or ritonavir for an HIV infection (see ‘Taking other
medicines’ section below)
Do not take if any of the above apply to you. If you are not sure, talk to your
doctor or pharmacist before taking Rifinah 300/150mg Tablets.
Take special care with Rifinah 300/150mg Tablets
Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking this
medicine if:
▲ You have liver problems
▲ You have any kidney problems and if you are having more than 600mg
rifampicin per day

▲ You have diabetes. Your diabetes may become more difficult to control
while taking this medicine
▲ You have epilepsy
▲ You have or have ever had mental health problems (such as depression or
schizophrenia)
▲ You feel numb or weak in your arms and legs (peripheral neuropathy)
▲ You have an HIV infection
▲ You are underweight or malnourished
▲ You drink alcohol every day or you are an alcoholic
▲ You inject yourself with drugs
▲ You are a black or Hispanic woman
▲ You have a rare blood problem called ‘porphyria’
▲ Your doctor has told you that your body takes a long time to get rid of some
drugs (you have a slow acetylator status)
▲ You wear contact lenses. Taking Rifinah 300/150mg Tablets may
permanently stain soft contact lenses
▲ The person taking this medicine is a child
▲ You are aged 65 years or older
If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you, talk to your doctor or
pharmacist before taking Rifinah 300/150mg Tablets.

The following medicines can make Rifinah 300/150mg Tablets work less
well:
• Antacids used for indigestion. Take Rifinah 300/150mg Tablets at least 1
hour before taking antacids
• Other medicines used for TB such as P-aminosalicyclic acid (PAS) and
cycloserine. PAS and Rifinah 300/150mg Tablets should be taken at least
8 hours apart

Blood Tests
Your doctor will need to check your blood before you take this medicine. This
will help your doctor know if any changes happen to your blood after taking
this medicine. If you are aged 35 years or older, you will also need to have
monthly blood tests to check how your liver is working.

Medicines for infections and the immune system
• Some medicines used for an HIV infection such as stavudine and zalcitabine
• Some medicines used for viral infections such as indinavir, efavirenz,
amprenavir, nelfinavir, atazanavir, lopinavir and neviparine
• Medicines used for fungal infections
• Medicines used for bacterial infections (antibiotics)
• Medicines used for lowering your immune system such as ciclosporin,
sirolimus and tacrolimus
• Praziquantel - used for tapeworm infections
• Atovaquone - used for pneumonia

Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken
any other medicines. This includes medicines you buy without a prescription,
including herbal medicines. This is because Rifinah 300/150mg Tablets can
affect the way some other medicines work. Also some medicines can affect the
way Rifinah 300/150mg Tablets work.
In particular, do not take this medicine, and tell your doctor, if you are
taking:
X Saquinavir or ritonavir used for HIV infection

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Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines:
Heart and blood medicines
• Medicines for high blood pressure
• Medicines for heart problems or to control your heartbeat
• Medicines used to thin the blood such as warfarin
• Medicines used to lower cholesterol
• Water tablets (diuretics) such as eplerenone
Mental health, epilepsy and motor neurone medicines
• Medicines for thought disorders known as ‘antipsychotics’ such as
haloperidol
• Medicines to calm or reduce anxiety (hypnotics, anxiolytics)
• Medicines to help you sleep (barbiturates)
• Medicines used for epilepsy such as phenytoin and carbamazepine
• Some medicines used for depression such as amitriptyline and nortriptyline
• Riluzole - used for motor neurone disease

Hormone and cancer medicines
• Some hormone medicines (estrogen, systemic hormones, progestogens)
used for contraception or some types of cancer such as ethinyloestradiol,
levonorgestrel or dydrogesterone
• Some hormone medicines (anti-estrogens) used for breast cancer or
endometriosis such as tamoxifen, toremifene and gestrinone
• Some medicines used for cancer (cytotoxics) such as imatinib
• Levothyroxine (thyroid hormone) used for thyroid problems
• Irinotecan - used for cancer

Pain and inflammation medicines
• Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as etoricoxib, aspirin
and indometacin
• Medicines used for pain such as codeine, morphine, fentanyl or pethidine
• Corticosteroids used for inflammation such as hydrocortisone,
betamethasone and prednisolone
• Methadone - used for heroin withdrawal
Other medicines
• Medicines used for diabetes
• Medicines used to relax muscles before surgery (anaesthetics) such as
halothane
• Some medicines used for feeling sick or being sick such as ondansetron
and aprepitant
• Quinine - used for malaria
• Theophylline - used for wheezing or difficulty in breathing
Taking Rifinah 300/150mg Tablets with food and drink
If Rifinah 300/150mg Tablets are taken with the food and drink listed below
you may experience headache, sweating, flushing, fast, uneven or forceful
heartbeat (palpitations), dizziness, feel lightheaded or faint (due to low blood
pressure).
While taking Rifinah 300/150mg Tablets do not have:
• Cheese
• Skipjack tuna or other tropical fish
• Red wine
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Talk to your doctor before taking this medicine if you are pregnant, plan to get
pregnant or think you are pregnant.
Rifinah 300/150mg Tablets may make the contraceptive “pill” work less well.
This means you should change to a different type of contraception. Instead,
you must use a reliable barrier method of contraception such as condoms or
the “coil” while taking Rifinah 300/150mg Tablets. If you have any questions or
are unsure about this talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
You should not breast-feed if you are taking Rifinah 300/150mg
Tablets. This is because small amounts may pass into the mothers’
milk. If you are breast-feeding or planning to breast feed, talk to
your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medicine.

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How much to take
The usual dose is:
Driving and using machines
You may feel dizzy or faint, have problems with vision or have other side
effects that could affect your ability to drive while taking this medicine. If this
happens, do not drive or use any tools or machines.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Rifinah
300/150mg Tablets
Rifinah 300/150mg Tablets contain:
• Sunset yellow: This is a colouring agent that may cause allergic reactions
• Sucrose: If you have been told by your doctor that you cannot tolerate
some sugars, talk to your doctor before taking Rifinah 300/150mg Tablets
• Sodium: These tablets contain less than 1 mmol sodium (23 mg) per daily
dose and are essentially ‘sodium-free’.

3. How to take Rifinah 300/150mg Tablets
Always take Rifinah 300/150mg Tablets exactly as your doctor has told you.
You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Keep taking this medicine
• You must take the tablets every day for the whole time the doctor has told
you to take them
• Do not stop and start taking the tablets. This may increase the risk of side
effects and your TB will not be treated properly
How to take the tablets
• Take this medicine by mouth
• Swallow the tablets whole, with a drink of water
• Take at least 30 minutes before a meal or 2 hours after a meal. They are
best taken at least 30 minutes before breakfast
• Take all your tablets together each day, as a single dose
• Do not give this medicine to children
• If you feel the effect of your medicine is too weak or too strong, do not
change the dose yourself, but ask your doctor
Your doctor may ask you to take Vitamin B6 during treatment with Rifinah
300/150mg Tablets, especially if you are malnourished, elderly or a diabetic.

Adults and the Elderly weighing more than 50kg
• Two tablets each day
• If you are elderly, your doctor may monitor your treatment more closely
Adults and the Elderly weighing less than 50kg
• Rifinah 150/100mg Tablets are usually prescribed
Children
This medicine is not recommended for use in children.
If you take more Rifinah 300/150mg Tablets than you should
If you take more Rifinah 300/150mg Tablets than you should, tell a doctor or
go to a hospital casualty department straight away. Take the medicine pack
with you. This is so the doctor knows what you have taken.
You may feel sick (nausea), be sick (vomiting), have stomach pain, itching or a
headache. You may also feel tired, sleepy, dizzy, light-headed, have blurred or
strange visions (hallucinations) and faint or feel faint. Other signs of taking too
much include swelling of the face, eyes or eyelids, slurring of speech, difficulty
breathing, fast heartbeat, uneven heartbeats, fits and heart attack.
If you forget to take Rifinah 300/150mg Tablets
If you forget a dose, take it as soon as you remember it. However, if it is nearly
time for the next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not take a double dose to
make up for the forgotten tablets.
Tests
Taking Rifinah 300/150mg Tablets may affect the results of some blood tests.
In particular, tests for folate, vitamin B12 and liver function. If you are going to
have a blood test, it is important to tell your doctor that you are taking Rifinah
300/150mg Tablets.

4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Rifinah 300/150mg Tablets can cause side effects, although
not everybody gets them.

Stop taking and go to a hospital straight away if you notice any of the
following serious side effects:
• You have an allergic reaction. The signs may include: a rash, swallowing or
breathing problems, wheezing, swelling of your lips, face, throat or tongue
• You have a fever and yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes, feel tired,
weak or generally unwell, loss of appetite (anorexia), feeling sick (nausea),
being sick (vomiting). These may be early signs of liver problems
• You get blistering, peeling, bleeding, scaling or fluid filled patches on any
part of your skin. This includes your lips, eyes, mouth, nose, genitals, hands
or feet. You may have a serious skin problem
• You bruise more easily than usual. Or you may have a painful rash of dark
red spots under the skin which do not go away when you press on them
(purpura). This could be because of a serious blood problem
• You have chills, tiredness, unusually pale skin colour, shortness of breath,
fast heartbeat or dark coloured urine. These could be signs of a serious type
of anaemia
• You have blood in your urine or an increase or decrease in amount of urine
you produce. You may also get swelling, especially of the legs, ankles or
feet. This may be caused by serious kidney problems
• You have a sudden severe headache. This could be a sign of bleeding in the
brain
• Shortness of breath and wheezing
• You get confused, sleepy, cold clammy skin, shallow or difficult breathing,
a racing heartbeat or your skin is paler than normal. These could be signs
of shock
• You get more infections more easily than normal. Signs include fever, sore
throat or mouth ulcers. This could be because you have a low number of
white blood cells
• You have bleeding from your nose, ear, gums, throat, skin or stomach. Signs
may include a feeling of tenderness and swelling in your stomach, purple
spots on your skin and black or tar-like stools
Talk to your doctor straight away if you notice any of the following
serious side effects:
• Mental problems with unusual thoughts and strange visions (hallucinations)
• Severe watery diarrhoea that will not stop and you are feeling weak and
have a fever. This may be something called ‘Pseudomembranous colitis’
• Severe stomach pain which may reach through to your back. This could be
a sign of pancreatitis
• Your fits get worse or you start to have fits
• Flu-like symptoms including chills, fever, headache, dizziness and bone pains

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TYPE OF MATERIAL:

LEAFLET

AZIENDA CERTIFICATA UNI EN ISO 9001:2008

89026809
(int. version 1)

DESCRIPTION:

89026809

VERSION:

1 a

OLD CODE:

05 AGO 2013

COUNTRY:

RIFINAH 300/150 MG

MIN. FONT SIZE: CODE:

9 pt

Via G. Tartini, 2 - 2 0 15 8 - M I L A N O
Tel. 02.375787 • e-mail: crominfoto@tiscali.it

UK
DIMENSION mm:

89024256 520 x 180

COLOURS N°: COLOUR 1:

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Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you have any of the following side
effects:
• Water retention (oedema) which may cause swollen face, stomach, arms or
legs
• Muscle weakness or pain or loss of muscle reflexes
• Dizziness, feel lightheaded and faint especially when you stand or sit up
quickly (due to low blood pressure)
• Swollen fingers, toes or ankles
• Balance problems with dizziness (vertigo)
• Being unable to concentrate, feeling nervous, irritable or depressed
• Feeling very tired and weak or difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
• Unusual skin sensations such as feeling numb, tingling, pricking, burning
or creeping on the skin (paraesthesia)
• Short-term memory loss, anxiety, being less alert or responsive
• Blurred or distorted eyesight
• Wasting of muscles or other body tissues
• Weight loss, night sweats and fever. These could be signs of a blood
condition called eosinophilia
• Feeling sick or being sick
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side effects get
serious or lasts longer than a few days:
• Skin flushing or itching
• Irregular periods
• Constipation, diarrhoea, stomach discomfort or dry mouth
• Headache
• Loss of appetite (anorexia)
• Breast enlargement in men
• Increased thirst, going to the toilet more often and feeling tired. Your blood
sugar may be high
• Acne
Other side effects you should discuss with your doctor if you are
concerned about them
• You notice an orange or reddish colour in your urine, sweat, phlegm
(sputum), saliva or tears. This is quite common and you need not worry.
However, the red colour may permanently stain soft contact lenses. The red
colour in tears may last for some time after you have stopped having Rifinah
300/150mg Tablets.
Blood tests
• A blood test may show changes in the way the liver is working
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This
includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet.
United Kingdom
You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard

Malta
ADR Reporting, The Medicines Authority, Post-Licensing Directorate, 203 Level
3, Rue D'Argens, GŻR-1368 Gżira
Website: www.medicinesauthority.gov.mt
e-mail: postlicensing.medicinesauthority@gov.mt
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety
of this medicine.

5. How to store Rifinah 300/150mg Tablets
Keep this medicine in a safe place where children cannot see or reach it.
Do not use Rifinah 300/150mg Tablets after the expiry date which is stated on the
carton and blister packs. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Store below 25°C. Keep the blister in the outer carton, protect from moisture.
Medicines should not be disposed of via waterwaste or household waste. Ask
your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These
measures will help to protect the environment.

6. Further information
What Rifinah 300/150mg Tablets contain:
• Each tablet contains 300mg of rifampicin and 150mg of isoniazid. These
are the active ingredients
• The other ingredients are sodium lauryl sulphate, calcium stearate, sodium
carboxymethyl cellulose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose,
acacia, gelatin, kaolin, magnesium carbonate light, talc, titanium dioxide
(E171), colloidal silicon dioxide, polyvinylpyrollidone K30, sucrose, carnauba
wax, colophony, white beeswax, hard paraffin, sunset yellow (E110).
What Rifinah 300/150mg Tablets look like and contents of the pack
The tablets are orange, capsule shaped and shiny. Each pack contains 56 or
100 tablets. Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder
Marketing Authorisation Holder
Sanofi, One Onslow Street, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4YS, UK
Tel: 01483 505515
Fax: 01483 535432
Email: uk-medicalinformation@sanofi.com
Manufacturer
SANOFI-AVENTIS S.P.A.
Loc. Valcanello
03012 Anagni (FR)
ITALY
This leaflet does not contain all the information required about your
medicine. If you have any questions or are not sure about anything, ask your
doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet was last revised in 07/2013
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