Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on May 20, 2020.
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- Isonicotinic Acid Hydrazide
Excipient information presented when available (limited, particularly for generics); consult specific product labeling.
Generic: 100 mg/mL (10 mL)
Generic: 50 mg/5 mL (473 mL)
Generic: 100 mg, 300 mg
- Antitubercular Agent
Isoniazid inhibits the synthesis of mycoloic acids, an essential component of the bacterial cell wall. At therapeutic levels isoniazid is bacteriocidal against actively growing intracellular and extracellular Mycobacterium tuberculosis organisms.
Oral, IM: Rapid and complete; food reduces rate and extent of absorption
All body tissues and fluids including CSF
Hepatic to acetylisoniazid with decay rate determined genetically by acetylation phenotype; undergoes further hydrolysis to isonicotinic acid and acetylhydrazine
Urine (75% to 95% as unchanged drug and metabolites); small amounts excreted in feces and saliva
Time to Peak
Serum: 1 to 2 hours
May be prolonged in patients with impaired hepatic function or severe renal impairment
Fast acetylators: 30 to 100 minutes; Slow acetylators: 2 to 5 hours
10% to 15%
Use: Labeled Indications
Active tuberculosis infections: Treatment of susceptible active tuberculosis (eg, Mycobacterium tuberculosis) infections.
Latent tuberculosis infection: Treatment of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (also referred to as prophylaxis or preventive therapy). Note: To identify candidates for LTBI treatment, refer to CDC guidelines (https://www.cdc.gov/tb/publications/ltbi/default.htm) for current recommendations.
Off Label Uses
Treatment of nontuberculous mycobacterium (eg, Mycobacterium kansasii)
Based on the American Thoracic Society/Infectious Diseases Society of America (ATS/IDSA) Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention of Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Diseases guidelines, isoniazid given as combination therapy for the treatment of nontuberculous mycobacterium (eg, M. kansasii) is effective and recommended in the management of this condition.
Hypersensitivity to isoniazid or any component of the formulation, including drug-induced hepatitis; acute liver disease; previous history of hepatic injury during isoniazid therapy; previous severe adverse reaction (drug fever, chills, arthritis) to isoniazid
Tuberculosis, active (drug susceptible): Oral, IM: Note: Always administer in combination with other antitubercular drugs. Concomitant pyridoxine is also recommended in any patient at risk for neuropathy (eg, patients with HIV infection, diabetes, alcoholism, nutritional deficiency, chronic renal failure, advanced age) (ATS/CDC/IDSA [Nahid 2016]).
ATS/CDC/IDSA Drug-susceptible tuberculosis guideline recommendations (Nahid 2016):
Once-daily therapy: 5 mg/kg/dose (usual dose: 300 mg) once daily Note: The preferred frequency of administration is once daily during the intensive and continuation phases; however, 5 days per week administration by directly observed therapy (DOT) is an acceptable alternative.
Three-times-weekly DOT: 15 mg/kg/dose (usual dose: 900 mg) administered 3 times weekly
Twice-weekly DOT: 15 mg/kg/dose (usual dose: 900 mg) administered twice weekly
Once-weekly DOT: 15 mg/kg/dose (usual dose: 900 mg) administered once weekly
Regimens: Treatment regimens for pulmonary tuberculosis and tuberculous meningitis consist of an initial 2-month phase of a 4-drug regimen, followed by a continuation phase of an additional 4 to 7 months of isoniazid and rifampin for pulmonary tuberculosis and a continuation phase of an additional 7 to 10 months of isoniazid and rifampin for tuberculous meningitis (optimal duration is not defined although continuation phase must continue for a minimum of 7 additional months). Adjunctive corticosteroid therapy (eg, dexamethasone, prednisolone) tapered over 6 to 8 weeks is also recommended for tuberculous meningitis. Isoniazid frequency and dosing differs depending on treatment regimen selected; consult current Drug-sensitive TB guidelines (ATS/CDC/IDSA [Nahid 2016]).
Tuberculosis, latent infection: Oral, IM: Note: Concomitant administration of pyridoxine is recommended in malnourished patients, pregnant or breastfeeding women, or those prone to neuropathy (eg, patients with HIV-infection, diabetes, or chronic alcohol abusers) (CDC 2013; manufacturer's labeling).
Non-HIV infected: 5 mg/kg (maximum: 300 mg per dose) once daily for 6 or 9 months or 15 mg/kg (maximum: 900 mg per dose) twice weekly for 6 or 9 months. Note: 9 months is optimal; 6 months may be considered to reduce costs of therapy and improve adherence (CDC 2013).
Patients with HIV who are receiving antiretroviral therapy: 300 mg once daily (HHS [OI adult 2020]); a longer duration is recommended for patients with HIV in high-incidence settings (Den Boon 2016; WHO 2018). Note: Latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) treatment is recommended in patients with HIV testing positive for LTBI (but have no evidence of TB disease and no history of treatment for active or LTBI) or in patients with HIV who have close contact with anyone who has infectious TB (regardless of screening tests for LTBI) (HHS [OI adult 2020]).
Isoniazid and rifapentine combination regimen:
Once-weekly regimen: 15 mg/kg/dose (maximum: 900 mg/dose) once weekly in combination with rifapentine for 12 weeks by directly observed therapy (DOT) or self-administered therapy (CDC 2013; CDC [Borisov 2018]; HHS [OI adult 2020]; Sterling 2011; Sterling 2016). Note: The once-weekly rifapentine-containing regimen may only be used in patients who are not pregnant and/or not expecting to become pregnant; if used in patients with HIV, it may only be used in those receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) with acceptable drug-drug interactions with rifapentine (CDC [Borisov 2018]; HHS [OI adult 2020]).
Once-daily regimen (patients with HIV): 300 mg once daily in combination with rifapentine for 1 month. Note: This regimen has been studied in patients with HIV living in regions with high tuberculosis prevalence or with evidence of latent tuberculosis infection (Swindells 2019), but is not yet widely recommended (Menzies 2019).
Nontuberculous mycobacterium (M. kansasii) (off-label use): 5 mg/kg/day (maximum: 300 mg daily) for duration to include 12 months of culture-negative sputum; typically used in combination with ethambutol and rifampin (Griffith 2007).
Dosage adjustment for concomitant therapy: Significant drug interactions exist, requiring dose/frequency adjustment or avoidance. Consult drug interactions database for more information.
Refer to adult dosing.
Note: Recommendations often change due to epidemiology (resistance) and emerging information; consult CDC and WHO for current recommendations, as appropriate. For patients at risk for isoniazid-induced neuropathy, concomitant pyridoxine is recommended; neuropathy risk factors include pregnancy, breastfeeding infants, and persons with any of the following: HIV, diabetes, malnutrition, alcoholism, chronic renal failure, or advanced age (ATS/CDC/IDSA [Nahid 2016]; WHO 2010; WHO 2014).
Active tuberculosis (TB) infection (excluding meningitis), treatment (drug susceptible): Note: Always use as part of a multidrug regimen. Any regimens using less than once daily dosing should administer dosing as directly observed therapy (DOT). Treatment regimens for pulmonary tuberculosis consist of an initial 2-month intensive phase of a 4-drug regimen, followed by a continuation phase of an additional 4 to 7 months of isoniazid and rifampin. Isoniazid frequency and dosing differs depending on treatment regimen selected; consult current drug-sensitive TB guidelines for detailed information (ATS/CDC/IDSA [Nahid 2016]).
ATS/CDC/IDSA Recommendations (ATS/CDC/IDSA [Nahid 2016]):
Once daily or 5 times weekly (DOT):
Infants, Children, and Adolescents <15 years, weighing ≤40 kg: Oral, IM: 10 to 15 mg/kg/dose once daily; maximum dose: 300 mg/dose.
Children and Adolescents <15 years weighing >40 kg or Adolescents ≥15 years: Oral, IM: 5 mg/kg/dose once daily (typical dose: 300 mg).
Three-times-weekly DOT: Note: Although suggested dosing based on experience with twice-weekly regimen; experts suggest three-times-weekly regimens are more effective than twice-weekly DOT regimens; three-times-weekly DOT may be used as part of an intensive phase and/or continuation phase dosing regimen; consult guidelines for specific information.
Infants, Children, and Adolescents <15 years, weighing ≤40 kg: Oral, IM: 20 to 30 mg/kg/dose three times weekly; maximum dose: 900 mg/dose; in adolescents, some experts would use 15 mg/kg/dose three times weekly; maximum dose: 900 mg/dose.
Children and Adolescents <15 years weighing >40 kg or Adolescents ≥15 years: Oral, IM: 15 mg/kg/dose three times weekly (typical dose: 900 mg).
Twice-weekly DOT: Note: Regimen not generally recommended; do not use in HIV patients or those with smear-positive and/or cavitary disease. This therapy should only be used following completion of a 2-week intensive phase once-daily (or 5-times-weekly) regimen. Missed doses result in the equivalent of once-weekly dosing which has been shown to be inferior and is associated with treatment failure, relapse, and development of drug resistance.
Infants, Children, and Adolescents <15 years, weighing ≤40 kg: Oral, IM: 20 to 30 mg/kg/dose twice weekly; maximum dose: 900 mg/dose.
Children and Adolescents <15 years weighing >40 kg or Adolescents ≥15 years: Oral, IM: 15 mg/kg/dose twice weekly (typical dose: 900 mg).
Latent TB infection (LTBI); treatment: Preferred regimen varies between guidelines and based on patient characteristics (HHS [adult, pediatric OI 2019]; NTCA/CDC [Sterling 2020]); regimens should not be used in patients known or presumed to be infected with resistant strains of TB (NTCA/CDC [Sterling 2020]).
Isoniazid combination therapy: Note: Preferred regimens (NTCA/CDC [Sterling 2020]):
Rifapentine combination: Independent of HIV status: Note: May be administered by DOT or self-administered therapy (SAT) at the clinician's discretion based on local practice, patient attributes/preferences, and other factors including risk for TB disease progression (CDC [Borisov 2018]). Only use in HIV-infected patients if antiretroviral therapy has acceptable drug-drug interactions with rifapentine (CDC [Borisov 2018]; NTCA/CDC [Sterling 2020]).
Children 2 to 11 years: Oral: Isoniazid 25 mg/kg/dose once weekly for 12 weeks (12 doses); maximum dose: 900 mg/dose (NTCA/CDC [Sterling 2020]).
Children ≥12 years and Adolescents: Oral: Isoniazid 15 mg/kg/dose once weekly for 12 weeks (12 doses), round dose up to nearest 50 or 100 mg; maximum dose: 900 mg/dose (NTCA/CDC [Sterling 2020]).
Rifampin combination: Independent of HIV status: Note: Only use in HIV-infected patients if antiretroviral therapy has acceptable drug-drug interactions with rifampin (CDC [Borisov 2018]; NTCA/CDC [Sterling 2020]).
Infants, Children, and Adolescents: Oral: Isoniazid 10 to 20 mg/kg/dose once daily (maximum dose: 300 mg/dose) for 3 months (NTCA/CDC [Sterling 2020]).
Isoniazid monotherapy: Note: Alternative regimen (NTCA/CDC [Sterling 2020]):
Infants, Children, and Adolescents; independent of HIV status:
Daily regimen: Oral: 10 to 20 mg/kg/dose once daily for 6 to 9 months; maximum dose: 300 mg/dose; while the CDC recommends a 6-month duration, 9 months may be considered; direct comparative efficacy data for 6 months versus 9 months are lacking and risk of hepatotoxicity is greater with longer durations (HHS [OI adult, pediatric 2019]; NTCA/CDC [Sterling 2020]). Note: Some organizations recommend an upper limit of 15 mg/kg/dose (maximum dose: 300 mg/dose) (HHS [OI pediatric 2019]; Red Book [AAP 2018]; WHO 2018).
Twice-weekly regimen: Oral: 20 to 40 mg/kg/dose twice weekly for 6 to 9 months; maximum dose: 900 mg/dose; must be administered by DOT; while the CDC recommends a 6-month duration, 9 months may be considered; direct comparative efficacy data are lacking for 6 months versus 9 months and risk of hepatotoxicity is greater with longer durations (HHS [OI adult, pediatric 2019]; NTCA/CDC [Sterling 2020]). Note: Some organizations recommend an upper limit of 30 mg/kg/dose (maximum dose: 900 mg/dose) (HHS [OI pediatric 2019]); Red Book [AAP 2018]; WHO 2018).
Dosage adjustment for concomitant therapy: Significant drug interactions exist, requiring dose/frequency adjustment or avoidance. Consult drug interactions database for more information.
Note: Commercial oral solution is available (50 mg/5 mL)
A 10 mg/mL oral suspension may be made with tablets, purified water, and sorbitol. Crush ten 100 mg tablets in a mortar and reduce to a fine powder. Add 10 mL of purified water and mix to a uniform paste. Mix while adding sorbitol in incremental proportions to almost 100 mL; transfer to a graduated cylinder, rinse mortar with sorbitol, and add quantity of sorbitol sufficient to make 100 mL (do not use sugar-based solutions). Label "shake well" and "refrigerate". Stable for 21 days refrigerated.Nahata MC, Pai VB, and Hipple TF, Pediatric Drug Formulations, 5th ed, Cincinnati, OH: Harvey Whitney Books Co, 2004.
Oral: Do not administer with food (bioavailability is decreased).
Intramuscular: IM injection may be used for patients who are unable to either take or absorb oral therapy. Inject deep IM into a large muscle mass.
Do not take with food; avoid tyramine- and/or histamine-containing foods. Increase dietary intake of folate, niacin, magnesium.
Tablet: Store at 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F). Protect from moisture and light.
Oral solution: Store at 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F); excursions are permitted between 15°C to 30°C (59°F to 86°F). Protect from light.
Injection: Store at 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F). Protect from light. Isoniazid injection may crystallize at low temperatures. If this occurs, warm the vial to room temperature before use to redissolve the crystals.
Acetaminophen: Isoniazid may enhance the hepatotoxic effect of Acetaminophen. Isoniazid may increase the metabolism of Acetaminophen. Specifically, formation of the hepatotoxic NAPQI metabolite may be increased. Monitor therapy
Alcohol (Ethyl): May enhance the hepatotoxic effect of Isoniazid. Monitor therapy
BCG (Intravesical): Antibiotics may diminish the therapeutic effect of BCG (Intravesical). Avoid combination
BCG Vaccine (Immunization): Antibiotics may diminish the therapeutic effect of BCG Vaccine (Immunization). Monitor therapy
CarBAMazepine: May enhance the hepatotoxic effect of Isoniazid. Isoniazid may increase the serum concentration of CarBAMazepine. Monitor therapy
Chlorzoxazone: Isoniazid may increase the serum concentration of Chlorzoxazone. Isoniazid may decrease the serum concentration of Chlorzoxazone. Specifically, it may decrease chlorzoxazone concentrations below baseline after isoniazid discontinuation. Monitor therapy
Cholera Vaccine: Antibiotics may diminish the therapeutic effect of Cholera Vaccine. Management: Avoid cholera vaccine in patients receiving systemic antibiotics, and within 14 days following the use of oral or parenteral antibiotics. Avoid combination
Corticosteroids (Systemic): May decrease the serum concentration of Isoniazid. Monitor therapy
CycloSERINE: Isoniazid may enhance the adverse/toxic effect of CycloSERINE. Specifically, CNS toxicity may be enhanced. Monitor therapy
CYP2E1 Inhibitors (Strong): May increase the serum concentration of Isoniazid. Monitor therapy
Dofetilide: CYP3A4 Inhibitors (Weak) may increase the serum concentration of Dofetilide. Monitor therapy
Ethionamide: May increase the serum concentration of Isoniazid. Monitor therapy
Flibanserin: CYP3A4 Inhibitors (Weak) may increase the serum concentration of Flibanserin. Monitor therapy
Fosphenytoin: Isoniazid may increase the serum concentration of Fosphenytoin. Management: Consider alternatives. If concomitant therapy cannot be avoided, monitor for increased phenytoin concentrations/effects with isoniazid initiation/dose increase, or decreased concentrations/effects with isoniazid discontinuation/dose decrease. Consider therapy modification
Itraconazole: Isoniazid may decrease the serum concentration of Itraconazole. Monitor therapy
Ketoconazole (Systemic): Isoniazid may decrease the serum concentration of Ketoconazole (Systemic). Monitor therapy
Lactobacillus and Estriol: Antibiotics may diminish the therapeutic effect of Lactobacillus and Estriol. Monitor therapy
Lemborexant: CYP3A4 Inhibitors (Weak) may increase the serum concentration of Lemborexant. Management: The maximum recommended dosage of lemborexant is 5 mg, no more than once per night, when coadministered with weak CYP3A4 inhibitors. Consider therapy modification
Levodopa-Containing Products: Isoniazid may diminish the therapeutic effect of Levodopa-Containing Products. Monitor therapy
Lomitapide: CYP3A4 Inhibitors (Weak) may increase the serum concentration of Lomitapide. Management: Patients on lomitapide 5 mg/day may continue that dose. Patients taking lomitapide 10 mg/day or more should decrease the lomitapide dose by half. The lomitapide dose may then be titrated up to a max adult dose of 30 mg/day. Consider therapy modification
Methoxyflurane: Isoniazid may increase the metabolism of Methoxyflurane. Specifically, this increased metabolism may lead to increased production of nephrotoxic metabolites. Avoid combination
NiMODipine: CYP3A4 Inhibitors (Weak) may increase the serum concentration of NiMODipine. Monitor therapy
Phenytoin: Isoniazid may increase the serum concentration of Phenytoin. Management: Consider alternatives. If concomitant therapy cannot be avoided, monitor for increased phenytoin concentrations/effects with isoniazid initiation/dose increase, or decreased concentrations/effects with isoniazid discontinuation/dose decrease. Consider therapy modification
Pimozide: CYP3A4 Inhibitors (Weak) may increase the serum concentration of Pimozide. Avoid combination
Propacetamol: Isoniazid may enhance the hepatotoxic effect of Propacetamol. Isoniazid may increase the metabolism of Propacetamol. Specifically, formation of the hepatotoxic NAPQI metabolite may be increased. Monitor therapy
Prothionamide: Isoniazid may increase the serum concentration of Prothionamide. Prothionamide may increase the serum concentration of Isoniazid. Management: Reduce the prothionamide dose by half (do not exceed 500 mg per day in adults) if combined with isoniazid. Additionally, monitor for increased isoniazid toxicities and ensure pyridoxine supplementation is provided if these drugs are combined. Consider therapy modification
Rifamycin Derivatives: May enhance the hepatotoxic effect of Isoniazid. Even so, this is a frequently employed combination regimen. Monitor therapy
Safinamide: May enhance the adverse/toxic effect of Isoniazid. Specifically, there is an increased risk for hypertension. Monitor therapy
Sodium Picosulfate: Antibiotics may diminish the therapeutic effect of Sodium Picosulfate. Management: Consider using an alternative product for bowel cleansing prior to a colonoscopy in patients who have recently used or are concurrently using an antibiotic. Consider therapy modification
Tacrolimus (Systemic): CYP3A4 Inhibitors (Weak) may increase the serum concentration of Tacrolimus (Systemic). Monitor therapy
Theophylline Derivatives: Isoniazid may increase the serum concentration of Theophylline Derivatives. Monitor therapy
Triazolam: CYP3A4 Inhibitors (Weak) may increase the serum concentration of Triazolam. Management: Consider triazolam dose reduction in patients receiving concomitant weak CYP3A4 inhibitors. Consider therapy modification
Typhoid Vaccine: Antibiotics may diminish the therapeutic effect of Typhoid Vaccine. Only the live attenuated Ty21a strain is affected. Management: Avoid use of live attenuated typhoid vaccine (Ty21a) in patients being treated with systemic antibacterial agents. Postpone vaccination until 3 days after cessation of antibiotics and avoid starting antibiotics within 3 days of last vaccine dose. Consider therapy modification
Ubrogepant: CYP3A4 Inhibitors (Weak) may increase the serum concentration of Ubrogepant. Management: In patients taking weak CYP3A4 inhibitors, the initial and second dose (given at least 2 hours later if needed) of ubrogepant should be limited to 50 mg. Consider therapy modification
False-positive urinary glucose with Clinitest®
The following adverse drug reactions and incidences are derived from product labeling unless otherwise specified.
>10%: Hepatic: Increased serum transaminases (mild and transient 10% to 20%)
Frequency not defined.
Central nervous system: Brain disease, memory impairment, paresthesia, peripheral neuropathy, psychosis, seizure
Dermatologic: Skin rash (morbilliform, maculopapular, pruritic, or exfoliative), toxic epidermal necrolysis
Endocrine & metabolic: Gynecomastia, hyperglycemia, metabolic acidosis, pellagra, pyridoxine deficiency
Gastrointestinal: Epigastric distress, nausea, pancreatitis, vomiting
Hematologic & oncologic: Agranulocytosis, anemia (sideroblastic, hemolytic, or aplastic), eosinophilia, lymphadenopathy, thrombocytopenia
Hepatic: Hepatitis (risk increases with age; 2% in patients ≥50 years), hyperbilirubinemia, jaundice
Immunologic: DRESS syndrome
Neuromuscular & skeletal: Lupus-like syndrome, rheumatic disease
Ophthalmic: Optic atrophy, optic neuritis
Postmarketing and/or case reports: Hepatotoxicity (idiosyncratic) (Chalasani 2014)
ALERT: U.S. Boxed WarningHepatitis:
Severe and sometimes fatal hepatitis associated with isoniazid therapy has been reported and may occur or may develop even after many months of treatment. The risk of developing hepatitis is age related. Approximate case rates by age are as follows: less than 1/1,000 for persons younger than 20 years of age, 3/1,000 for persons in the 20 to 34 year age group, 12/1,000 for persons in the 35 to 49 year age group, 23/1,000 for persons in the 50 to 64 year age group, and 8/1,000 for persons older than 65 years. The risk of hepatitis is increased with daily consumption of alcohol. Precise data to provide a fatality rate for isoniazid-related hepatitis are not available; however, in a US Public Health Service surveillance study of 13,838 persons taking isoniazid, there were 8 deaths among 174 cases of hepatitis.
Therefore, carefully monitor patients given isoniazid and interview patients at monthly intervals. For persons 35 years and older, in addition to monthly symptom reviews, measure hepatic enzymes (specifically, AST and ALT) prior to starting isoniazid therapy and periodically throughout treatment. Isoniazid-associated hepatitis usually occurs during the first 3 months of treatment. Usually, enzyme levels return to normal despite continuance of drug, but, in some cases, progressive liver dysfunction occurs. Other factors associated with an increased risk of hepatitis include daily use of alcohol, chronic liver disease, and injection drug use. A recent report suggests an increased risk of fatal hepatitis associated with isoniazid among women, particularly black and Hispanic women. The risk may also be increased during the postpartum period. Consider more careful monitoring in these groups, possibly including more frequent laboratory monitoring. If abnormalities of liver function exceed 3 to 5 times the upper limit of normal (ULN), strongly consider discontinuation of isoniazid. Liver function tests are not a substitute for a clinical evaluation at monthly intervals or for the prompt assessment of signs or symptoms of adverse reactions occurring between regularly scheduled evaluations. Instruct patients to immediately report signs or symptoms consistent with liver damage or other adverse reactions. These include any of the following: unexplained anorexia, nausea, vomiting, dark urine, icterus, rash, persistent paresthesia of the hands and feet, persistent fatigue, weakness or fever of greater than 3-day duration or abdominal tenderness, especially right upper quadrant discomfort. If these symptoms appear or if signs suggestive of hepatic damage are detected, promptly discontinue isoniazid, because continued use of the drug in these cases has been reported to cause a more severe form of liver damage.
Give patients with tuberculosis who have hepatitis attributed to isoniazid appropriate treatment with alternative drugs. If isoniazid must be reinstituted, do so only after symptoms and laboratory abnormalities have cleared. Restart the drug in very small and gradually increasing doses and withdraw immediately if there is any indication of recurrent liver involvement.
Defer preventive treatment in persons with acute hepatic diseases.
Concerns related to adverse effects:
• Hepatitis: [US Boxed Warning]: Severe and sometimes fatal hepatitis may occur; usually occurs within the first 3 months of treatment, although may develop even after many months of treatment. The risk of developing hepatitis is age-related, although isoniazid-induced hepatotoxicity has been reported in children; daily ethanol consumption, chronic liver disease, or injection drug use may also increase the risk. Patients given isoniazid must be monitored carefully and interviewed at monthly intervals. Fatal hepatitis associated with isoniazid may be increased in women (particularly black and Hispanic and in any woman in the postpartum period). Closer monitoring may be considered in these groups. Patients ≥35 years should also have AST and ALT measured at baseline and periodically throughout treatment. Patients must report any prodromal symptoms of hepatitis, such as fatigue, paresthesias of hands and feet, weakness, dark urine, rash, anorexia, nausea, fever >3 days’ duration, and/or abdominal pain (especially right upper quadrant discomfort), icterus, or vomiting. Patients should be instructed to immediately hold therapy if any of these symptoms occur, and contact their prescriber. If abnormalities of liver function exceed 3 to 5 times the upper limit of normal (ULN), strongly consider discontinuation of isoniazid. If isoniazid must be reinstituted, wait for symptoms and laboratory abnormalities to resolve and use very small and gradual increasing doses, withdrawing therapy immediately if an indication of recurrent hepatic involvement.
• Peripheral neuropathies: Pyridoxine supplementation is recommended in individuals at risk for development of peripheral neuropathies (eg, HIV infection, nutritional deficiency, diabetes, alcoholism, chronic renal failure, advanced age) (Nahid 2016).
• Hepatic impairment: Use with caution in patients with hepatic impairment; contraindicated in patients with acute liver disease or previous isoniazid-associated hepatic injury. Treatment with isoniazid for latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) should be deferred in patients with acute hepatic diseases.
• Renal impairment: Use with caution in patients with severe renal impairment.
• Appropriate use: Multidrug regimens should be utilized for the treatment of active tuberculosis to prevent the emergence of drug resistance.
• Monitoring: Use should be carefully monitored in the following groups: Daily users of alcohol, active chronic liver disease, severe renal dysfunction, age >35 years, concurrent use of any chronically administered drug, history of previous isoniazid discontinuation, existence of or conditions predisposing to peripheral neuropathy, pregnancy, injection drug use, women in minority groups (particularly postpartum), HIV seropositive patients.
Baseline and periodic (more frequently in patients with higher risk for hepatitis) liver function tests (ALT and AST); sputum cultures monthly (until 2 consecutive negative cultures reported); monitoring for prodromal signs of hepatitis
Latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) therapy: American Thoracic Society/Centers for Disease Control (ATS/CDC) recommendations: Monthly clinical evaluation, including brief physical exam for adverse events. Use should be carefully monitored in the following groups: daily users of alcohol, active chronic liver disease, severe renal dysfunction, age >35 years, concurrent use of any chronically administered drug, history of previous isoniazid discontinuation, existence of or conditions predisposing to peripheral neuropathy, pregnancy, injection drug use, women in minority groups (particularly postpartum), HIV seropositive patients. AST and ALT should be obtained at baseline and at least monthly during LTBI use. Discontinue temporarily or permanently if liver function tests >3 to 5 times ULN. Routine, periodic monitoring is recommended for any patient with an abnormal baseline or at increased risk for hepatotoxicity.
Isoniazid crosses the human placenta.
Active tuberculosis (TB) infection is associated with adverse fetal outcomes including intrauterine growth restriction, low birth weight, preterm birth, and perinatal death (Esmail 2018; Miele 2020) as well as adverse maternal outcomes, including increased risks for anemia and cesarean delivery. Placental transmission may rarely occur with active maternal disease (Miele 2020).
Due to the risks of untreated TB, isoniazid is recommended as part of the initial treatment regimen of drug-susceptible active TB when the probability of maternal disease is moderate to high. Isoniazid is associated with an increased risk of severe maternal hepatotoxicity which may require temporary drug withdrawal in pregnant and postpartum patients (Beck-Friis 2020; Gupta 2019); monthly monitoring of transaminases (ALT/AST) is recommended (HHS [OI adult 2020]). Pregnancy may increase the risk of isoniazid-associated peripheral neurotoxicity in the mother; pyridoxine supplementation is recommended in pregnant patients during treatment (ATS/CDC/IDSA [Nahid 2016]; HHS [OI adult 2020]).
Treatment of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) (also known as prophylaxis or preventive therapy) with isoniazid is recommended for pregnant patients with HIV coinfection who are close household contacts of persons with TB infection (HHS [OI adult 2020]; WHO 2020). Treatment of LTBI can be delayed until after delivery in some cases, considering the risk of progression to active disease (HHS [OI adult 2020]).
Pregnancy-induced physiologic changes do not alter the pharmacokinetic properties of isoniazid in a clinically significant way; dose adjustment is not needed in pregnant patients (Abdelwahab 2020).
What is this drug used for?
• It is used to treat TB (tuberculosis).
• It is used to prevent TB (tuberculosis).
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
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WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
• Liver problems like dark urine, fatigue, lack of appetite, nausea, abdominal pain, light-colored stools, vomiting, or yellow skin or eyes
• Pancreatitis like severe abdominal pain, severe back pain, severe nausea, or vomiting
• High blood sugar like confusion, fatigue, increased thirst, increased hunger, passing a lot of urine, flushing, fast breathing, or breath that smells like fruit
• Lupus like rash on the cheeks or other body parts, sunburn easy, muscle or joint pain, chest pain or shortness of breath, or swelling in the arms or legs
• Acidosis like confusion, fast breathing, fast heartbeat, abnormal heartbeat, severe abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, shortness of breath, or loss of strength and energy
• Burning or numbness feeling
• Vision changes
• Joint pain
• Joint swelling
• Trouble with memory
• Enlarged breasts
• Mood changes
• Severe loss of strength and energy
• Sore throat
• Swollen glands
• Toxic epidermal necrolysis like red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin (with or without fever); red or irritated eyes; or sores in mouth, throat, nose, or eyes.
• Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Note: This is not a comprehensive list of all side effects. Patient should consult prescriber for additional questions.
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