Rifampin (Rifadin) Nursing Considerations

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Generic Name

rifampin

Trade Name

Rimactane

Indication

tuberculosis

Action

inhibits RNA synthesis

Therapeutic Class

Antitubercular

Pharmacologic Class

rifamycins

Nursing Considerations

• can turn body fluids red
• may cause diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, confusion
• assess lung sounds and sputum characteristics
• evaluate renal and liver function tests
• instruct patient not to skip or double dose
• must complete entire dose (6-12 month therapy)

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Hey guys, let’s take a look at the drug revamp pin, also known as REFA or Reine. This is an oral and IV medication. And here you can see rifampin in its powder form the therapeutic, a class of rifampin or how it works in the body is an anti to agent the pharmacological class or the chemical effect of the drug is a R mycin. So rifampin works by inhibiting RNA synthesis, which is wide indicated for the treatment of, of tuberculosis. Some of the side effects that we see with rifampin are diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and confusion. Let’s take a look at a few nursing considerations for reamp evaluate your patient’s renal and liver function tests while on this drug and make sure that the patient knows that they must complete the entire dose, which is six to 12 months of therapy. Assess your patient. Their lung sounds as well as their sputum characteristics. While on rifampin, teach the patient that rifampin can turn body fluids red, which is no surprise. But when we saw the powder and tell them not to skip or double dose guys, it’s important to know that reamp metabolizes a large number of drugs. So if you have a patient starting on reamp and it is super important that all the other possible drug inter interactions are screened by a pharmacist to be sure rifampin isn’t decreasing the effects of any of the other medications that the patient is also on. 

That’s it for rifampin or RFA or Reine, I’ll go out and be your best self today. And as always happy nursing.

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