rifapentine - oral, Priftin
GENERIC NAME: RIFAPENTINE - ORAL (riff-uh-PEN-teen)
BRAND NAME(S): Priftin
USES: This medication is used with other medications to treat tuberculosis (TB) of the lungs. Rifapentine is known as a rifamycin antibiotic. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria.This antibiotic treats only bacterial infections. It will not work for viral infections (such as common cold, flu). Unnecessary use or misuse of any antibiotic can lead to its decreased effectiveness.
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth with food, usually once or twice weekly, or as directed by your doctor. Taking this medication with food will help to decrease side effects such as stomach upset, nausea, and vomiting and also increase the absorption of this medication.The dosage is based on your weight, medical condition, and response to treatment.Antibiotics work best when the amount of medicine in your body is kept at a constant level. Therefore, take this drug at evenly spaced intervals. To help you remember, take it on the same day(s) of the week and at the same time each day. Mark the days on the calendar when you need to take the medication.Continue to take this medication (and other TB medications) until the full prescribed amount is finished, even if symptoms disappear. Stopping the medication too early or skipping doses may allow the bacteria to continue to grow, which may result in a return of the infection and cause the infection to be more difficult to treat (resistant).Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014
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