Latent TB Infection Medicine- Rifampin Fact Sheet

What You Need to Know About Your Medicine for Latent Tuberculosis (TB) Infection

You have been given medicine to treat your latent TB infection. You do not have TB disease and cannot spread TB to others. This medicine will help you PREVENT getting TB disease.

While on this Medicine:

  • Tell your doctor or nurse if you have questions or concerns with the medicine.
  • Go to your planned clinic visits.
  • Discuss any alcohol use with your doctor. Alcohol use may cause side effects.
  • Tell your doctor about all other medicines you are taking.
  • Be sure to tell your other doctors that you are being treated for latent TB infection.
  • Take all of your medicine as you were told by your TB doctor or nurse.
  • Some people find that the medicine affects them less when taken with food.

Tips to Help You Take Your Medicine:

  • Take your medicine at the same time every day.
  • Set an alarm reminder for the time you should take your medicine.
  • Ask a family member or friend to remind you.
  • Use a pillbox.
  • Put a reminder note on your mirror or refrigerator.
  • Use a calendar to check off the day when you take your medicine.

Latent TB Infection Medicine Schedule:

(Providers: Indicate the appropriate schedule, days and number of pills)

Medicine Schedule Number of Pills Per Day Length
of time
Rifampin  Daily 4 months

Your doctor may have you meet with a health care worker to take your medicine.
This plan is called directly observed therapy (DOT).

IF YOU FORGET TO TAKE YOUR MEDICINE: If it is still the same day, take the dose as soon as you remember.  Do not take 2 doses at the same time.

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NOTE:It is normal if your urine, saliva, or tears become orange-colored. Soft contact lenses may become stained.

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