Rifampin to Prevent Meningitis

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You or your child needs to take the medicine called rifampin (say: RIF-am-pin) to prevent meningitis. Meningitis is an infection of the lining that covers the brain and the spinal cord. This information sheet explains what rifampin does, how to give it, and what side effects or problems your child may have when they take this medicine.

Disclaimer: The information in this Family Med-aid is accurate at the time of printing. It provides a summary of information about rifampin and does not contain all possible information about this medicine. Not all side effects are listed. If you have any questions or want more information about rifampin, speak to your healthcare provider. 

Last updated: March 24th 2010