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IsonaRif

Generic Name: isoniazid and rifampin (eye so NYE a zid and RIF am pin)
Brand Name: IsonaRif, Rifamate

What is IsonaRif?

IsonaRif are antibiotics that fight bacteria.

IsonaRif is a combination medicine used to treat tuberculosis (TB).

IsonaRif may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

You should not use IsonaRif if you have active liver disease (including hepatitis or cirrhosis), or a history of liver problems caused by taking isoniazid.

Serious and sometimes fatal liver problems may occur during treatment with IsonaRif or after you stop taking this medication, even months after stopping. The risk of liver problems is highest in adults between the ages of 35 and 65. Your liver function may need to be checked every month while you are taking this medicine.

Call your doctor right away if you have: nausea, upper stomach pain, loss of appetite, and feeling weak or tired.

Avoid drinking alcohol. It may increase your risk of liver damage while you are taking IsonaRif.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to isoniazid or rifampin, or if you have active liver disease (including hepatitis or cirrhosis), or a history of liver problems caused by taking isoniazid.

To make sure IsonaRif is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

Serious and sometimes fatal liver problems may occur during treatment with IsonaRif or after you stop taking this medication, even months after stopping. The risk of liver problems is highest in adults between the ages of 35 and 65. Your liver function may need to be checked every month while you are taking this medicine.

It is not known whether IsonaRif will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.

IsonaRif can make birth control pills less effective. Ask your doctor about using non hormonal birth control (condom, diaphragm with spermicide) to prevent pregnancy while taking this medicine.

Isoniazid and rifampin can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take IsonaRif?

Your doctor will perform blood tests to make sure you do not have conditions that would prevent you from safely using IsonaRif.

Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Take IsonaRif on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.

Your doctor may have you take extra vitamin B6 while you are taking IsonaRif. Take only the amount of vitamin B6 that your doctor has prescribed.

Use this medication for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Skipping doses may also increase your risk of further infection that is resistant to antibiotics. IsonaRif will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.

IsonaRif is usually given until lab tests show that the infection has cleared.

This medication can cause unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using IsonaRif.

Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while taking IsonaRif?

Do not wear soft contact lenses while taking IsonaRif. Rifampin may turn your tears a red-orange color. This effect could permanently discolor soft contact lenses.

Avoid drinking alcohol. It may increase your risk of liver damage while you are taking IsonaRif.

IsonaRif side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • nausea, upper stomach pain, feeling weak or tired, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);

  • vision changes, confusion, hallucinations, unusual thoughts or behavior;

  • fever, unusual weakness, pale skin; or

  • easy bruising, unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum), purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin.

Common side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect IsonaRif?

Tell your doctor about all medicines you use, and those you start or stop using during your treatment with IsonaRif, especially:

This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with isoniazid and rifampin, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist can provide more information about IsonaRif.
  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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Date modified: January 03, 2018
Last reviewed: August 13, 2013

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