Isoniazid
DESCRIPTION

When used alongside other medications, isoniazid is useful in treating tuberculosis infections. This medication is also commonly known as Niazid.

How it works

Isoniazid is an antibacterial medication. So, naturally it works by stopping the growth of bacteria in the body.

Uses

The main use of isoniazid is its ability to treat tuberculosis infections. It is important to note that this medication is only useful in treating bacterial infections. Using this medication for any other ailments can decrease its effectiveness.

Dosage

You must take this medication by mouth on an empty stomach. The dosage will be based on a number of factors such as your age, medical condition, weight and response to the treatment. If you are consuming any antacids that contain aluminum, make sure to take isoniazid at least 1 hour before.

If you are consuming this medication in liquid form, make sure to use a medical spoon. Using a regular household spoon will not allow you to get the correct dosage.

It is important to note that antibiotics work the best when they are kept at a constant level in the body. Therefore, make sure to take the medication at well-spaced intervals. If you are consuming the drug on a daily basis, make sure to take it at the same time every day.

You must take this medication until the full prescribed amount has finished. Even if your symptoms have disappeared, you must take this medication for as long as prescribed. Do not skip your doses or stop taking the medication earlier than prescribed. This can lead to unpleasant side effects. Also, this will influence the bacteria to grow back. Once the infection has returned, it can be more difficult to treat due to resistance.

Side effects

Consuming this medication may lead to nausea or upset stomach. Although these side effects are only temporary, you must inform your physician if they continue to persist.

During the treatment period, you are also likely to experience some severe side effects such as:

Vision changes
Easy bruising
Seizures
Signs of infection
Mood changes
Increased thirst

At the event of such side effects, do not hesitate to ask for immediate medical help.

Precautions

The precautionary methods listed below must be strictly followed throughout the entire treatment period.

Inform your surgeon and dentist about all the medications that you are currently using.
Brief your physician about your medical history.
Make sure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients used in the medication.
Avoid alcoholic beverages since it can increase the chances of liver damage.
Liquid forms of this medication can contain sugar. So, be careful with the doses if you have diabetes.
Do not get any bacterial vaccinations during the treatment period without the consent of your physician.

Self-care

If you are planning to use this medication during the period of pregnancy, make sure to consume isoniazid only when it is absolutely essential. It is important for you to discuss the risks and benefits with a physician beforehand.

Although isoniazid passes on to infants via breast milk, it is unlikely to harm an infant negatively. If you are hoping to breastfeed your child during the treatment period, speak to your healthcare provider first.

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