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User Reviews for Rifampin to treat Tuberculosis, Latent

Also known as: Rifadin, Rimactane, Rifadin IV

Rifampin has an average rating of 4.9 out of 10 from a total of 11 ratings for the treatment of Tuberculosis, Latent. 27% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 27% reported a negative effect.

Rifampin Rating Summary

4.9/10 average rating

11 ratings from 13 user reviews.

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Reviews for Rifampin

Latent · Taken for less than 1 month September 2, 2019

“I have been started on Rifampin 600mg every day for 4 months for Latent TB. First week was okay, but starting the second week, I’ve had severe headache and sore throat. I had to be rushed to the ER due to the severe pain in my head and neck with difficulty in swallowing. CT scan showed that I have enlarged lymph nodes on both sides of my neck. My blood sugar also is elevated. The doctor prescribed me Motrin as needed for my headache, and it has been working. It is true that Rifampin treatment is a tough one. I’m happy for those who experience only minor side effects. Please do pray for me. Thank you.”

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CAcat · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 9, 2020

“I was on this medication for 4 months for latent tuberculosis not terrible at all and way better than the other 9 month treatment. Only side effects I experienced were the color change of fluids some lightheadedness and minor arthritis pain.”

9 / 10
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LWD · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 17, 2015

“I just finished a 4 month regimen of Rifampin. It was prescribed when I was tested for TB in preparation for starting on a biologic for Rheumatoid Arthritis. I have no idea how/when I was exposed to TB but I couldn't start the biologic until the latent TB was addressed. I will never know if it was "effective" since I will always test positive for TB antigens but I'm glad I took it-didn't have much of a choice! It was not an easy medication to take but I got through the course of treatment better than I anticipated. I did have slight nausea at the beginning and intermittent watery diarrhea throughout. I don't know if the other side effects (fatigue, primarily) I experienced were side effects of Rifampin or symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.”

8 / 10
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turnover4585 April 25, 2016

“I've been on Rifampin for one month and I've had all sorts of side effects. Some days I'm fine, other days not so much. At night I break out in sweats, I got thrush so I had to take medicine for that. I go to doctor in a couple of days and I need to find out if I can stop it. I don't want to go through this for 3 more months.”

4 / 10
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Anonymous September 17, 2011

“This is a very intense antibiotic with persistent side effects. I have been on this medication for one month and continue to experience nausea and vomiting. I have been fortunate to not experience reddening of my saliva or tears, but other body fluids have changed. My hepatic enzymes have more than doubled baseline values and continue to climb. It does its job well, but it is a tough 4 months to get through.”

5 / 10
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Anonymous January 26, 2012

“Although it makes my urine darker yellow/orangish color, I rarely experience significant side effects. Occasionally it will upset my stomach, but once you eat that goes away. Hardest part is sticking to the schedule, but I'd rather worry about that for 4 months than 9 or more.”

9 / 10
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ayada72 · Taken for 1 to 6 months April 30, 2020

“I have been on Rifampin for three months now for TB and I have one month left. The side effects of the medication are not severe, but they are annoying. At first, I noticed a decreased appetite, but that lasted only a month. I do, however, continue to have upper stomach pain and a feeling of extreme fullness after almost every meal (I take an OTC antacid and gas relief pill and that helps relieve some of the pain). I have developed a pretty bad acne rash on my forehead that was never there before I started Rifampin. I have also noticed frequent lightheadedness after standing up, which never happened before this medication. Lastly, I have experienced a weight loss of about 15 lbs since starting Rifampin. Overall, the medication is bearable, but it has been annoying and I will be happy when I no longer have to take it.”

6 / 10
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Mon · Taken for less than 1 month March 2, 2020

“I was advised to take the rifampin treatment 3 weeks ago for latent TB and I am still taking it. My experience was terrible. I have fever everyday, nerve pain, I vomit, head ache and I also lose my appetite. Hope I will feel better, please pray for me.”

5 / 10
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Never again · Taken for less than 1 month September 21, 2020

“Diagnosed with latent TB. So I took the 4 month treatment option 600 mg dosage thinking that would be the easy route. After a week , I had constant diarrhea and developed hives skin rash. Also developed joint pain around ankles and behind my knees. I told the doctor and immediately stopped taking Rifampin. It's been 4 weeks since that time, the hives are still there but luckily no more diarrhea and joint pain have lessened.”

1 / 10
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Mini Granny · Taken for 1 to 6 months April 17, 2020

“I was prescribed Rifampin in January of 2020 for latent TB. I have about 3 more weeks. When I first started taking it I only had headaches. The headaches subsided. As the months go by it gets worse. I now have no appetite, consistent diarrhea, extreme fatigue and nausea. I had to take this medication to be able to continue taking my RA medication. I will be so glad when this is over. It seems as if there is nothing that can be done.”

1 / 10
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Jill · Taken for 1 to 6 months November 17, 2021

“My first day of R, diagnosed with latent TB. I took mine on empty stomach 2 hours later, I felt nausea and lightheaded. I ate and I took nap on my lunch time, then woke up groggy, and now I have a headache as I type this. Advil ok ? How can you functions with all the side effects?”

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Bad Reaction · Taken for less than 1 month July 18, 2021

“This was a follow up to my previous review. In case anyone experiences this in the future turns out it was oral thrush developed either because of rifampin or my use of eye steroid drops. Rifampin after a few days did however elevate my thyroid levels. I do not plan on taking this medication in the near future only if the need is absolutely required.”

2 / 10
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Mon · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 25, 2020

“Prescribed rifampin for latent TB infection. The first month the only side effect was headaches. Followed by insomnia, fatigue and the odd severe stomach cramp. Not a particularly nice drug!”

4 / 10
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