pyrazinamide

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Treats tuberculosis

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pyrazinamide is one of the first choice treatments used together with other drugs for tuberculosis.

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Quick facts about pyrazinamide
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Generic only

Upsides

  • pyrazinamide along with other medications effectively treats tuberculosis.
  • Take pyrazinamide either once a day or a couple times a week.
  • Although not tested, this medicine is as safe for children as it is for adults.
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Downsides

  • Have to take pyrazinamide with other medicines in order to be effective against tuberculosis.
  • Can cause liver problems that may require stopping the medicine.
  • Can interfere with some lab tests.
  • Even though pyrazinamide is a generic, it is still relatively expensive.
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How it works

pyrazinamide is an antibiotic that targets bacteria that cause tuberculosis. It is not known how it exactly works.

Quick facts about pyrazinamide
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Generic only

Used for

  • Tuberculosis treatment

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What to expect when you take pyrazinamide for Treats tuberculosis

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  • Possible side effects
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Mild joint pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Gout
  • Liver problems
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Risks and Warnings for pyrazinamide

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Current liver problems

    pyrazinamide can cause liver problems. If you experience any of these signs of liver problems: fever, appetite loss, extreme fatigue, dark urine, light stools, yellowing of the eyes or skin, vomiting, stomach pain. Let your doctor know immediately.

Common concerns from people taking pyrazinamide

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Food
  • Take pyrazinamide with or without food.
Kidneys and liver
  • pyrazinamide can cause liver problems. If you experience any of these signs of liver problems: fever, appetite loss, extreme fatigue, dark urine, light stools, yellowing of the eyes or skin, vomiting, stomach pain. Let your doctor know immediately.
  • pyrazinamide can cause liver problems; make sure you are having your liver function checked regularly.
  • Can cause liver problems that may require stopping the medicine.