VORACTIV FILM-COATED TABLETS
Active substance(s): ETHAMBUTOL HYDROCHLORIDE / ISONIAZID / PYRAZINAMIDE / RIFAMPICIN
Voractiv ® film-coated tablets
Rifampicin / Isoniazid / Pyrazinamide / Ethambutol hydrochloride
• Medicines to treat malaria: atovaquone,
• Medicines for your mood like haloperidol,
clozapine, aripiprazole, tricyclic
antidepressants (like amitriptyline,
• Medicines to prevent blood clots like oral
• Hormone treatments like antioestrogens
(such as gestrinone, tamoxifene, toremifene)
oestrogens and progestagens given as
hormonal replacement therapy or
contraceptives, thyroid hormones
• Medicines for pain like morphine etoricoxib,
• Medicines for AIDS like saquinavir, indinavir,
What is in this leaflet
efavirenz, amprenavir, nilfinavir, azatanavir,
1. What Voractiv is and what it is used for
lopinavir, zidovudine, nevirapine, stavudine
2. What you need to know before you take
• Medicines for epilepsy like tiagabine,
carbamazepine, phenytoine, ethosuximide
3. How to take Voractiv
• Medicines for sleeping disorders like
4. Possible side effects
diazepam, benzodiazepines, buspirone,
5. How to store Voractiv
zopiclone, zolpidem, zaleplon, hexobarbital
6. Contents of the pack and other information
• Medicines for asthma like theophylline
• Medicines for diabetes like repaglinide and
1. What Voractiv is and what it is used for
nateglinide or oral antidiabetics of
what it is used for
Voractiv belongs to a group of medicines called
• p-aminosalicylic acid (a medicine for
antituberculosis agents. It is a fixed combination
tuberculosis and inflammatory bowel diseases)
of four very effective antituberculosis agents. It is • Methadone (a medicine for heroin addicts)
used to treat infections caused by mycobacteria. • Medicines for stomach problems like
These mycobacteria cause tuberculosis.
• Medicines for the treatment of high blood
Voractiv is used for the initial treatment of
lipids like cloifibrate, fluvastatin, simvastatin
• Medicines for sickness like tropisetron,
What you need to know before you
2.What you need to know before you take Voractiv
• Medicines for narcosis like halogenated
Do not take Voractiv:
• Medicines to treat cancer like imatinib,
• if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to
rifamycins, isoniazid, pyrazinamide,
• Fexofenadine (a medicine to treat hayfever)
ethambutol hydrochloride or to any of the
• Praziquantel (a medicine against
ingredients of this medicine (listed in
• Oral typhoid vaccine
• if you have acute liver problems or previously If you are currently taking any of these
have had a liver problem which was caused
medicines, ask your doctor about switching to
a different medicine while you are taking
• if you are known to have a condition called
Voractiv. Often, there are other medicines you
can take instead.
• if you have acute gouty arthritis
If you need to take a medicine for indigestion,
• if you have severe kidney problems
such as an antacid, take your tablets at least
• if you are currently taking any of the following one hour before the antacid.
The following examination methods cannot be
or results have to be interpreted with
- protease inhibitors except ritonavir when
care as long as you take Voractiv:
prescribed to you at full dose or 600 mg
• radiographic examination of the gallbladder
with contrast media
Do not take Voractiv if any of the above apply to • microbiological determination of folic acid
If you are not sure about anything, ask your
• microbiological determination of
doctor or pharmacist.
cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12) plasma
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Voractiv with food and drink:
Do not drink any alcohol as long as you receive
Tell your doctor if you have one of the following Voractiv.
illnesses before taking this medicine:
You should avoid food with a high content of
• Liver problems and chronic liver disease
tyramine (like cheese, red wine) or histamine
• Kidney problems
(like tuna fish). This food taken together with
Voractiv may lead to headache, palpitations or
• Diabetes mellitus
Take this medicine at least one hour before a
• Inflammation of peripheral nerves or the optic meal.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding:
• Eye defects
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you
• Chronic alcoholism
may be pregnant or are planning to have a
baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice
You should not take Voractiv if your body
taking this medicine.
weight is below 30 kg.
You should not interrupt treatment with Voractiv Your doctor will assess whether it is possible for
you to continue with the treatment of Voractiv. If
without consulting your doctor.
you take Voractiv during pregnancy, your doctor
You should employ additional means of
should give you vitamin B6 supplements during
contraception apart from taking the pill as long
pregnancy and vitamin K supplements during
as you take Voractiv.
the last month of pregnancy.
Other medicines and Voractiv:
This medicine goes into human milk, therefore
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, you should not take Voractiv when you are
have recently taken or might take any other
breast-feeding. It is important that you tell your
medicines, including any medicines obtained
doctor if you are breast-feeding or if you intend
without a prescription.
to breast-feed before receiving Voractiv.
Tell your doctor if you take one of the following
Driving and using machines:
This medicine can cause side effects such as
You must not take Voractiv with any of the
dizziness, confusion and blurred vision. This
may make you less able to do certain things,
such as driving or using machines.
• protease inhibitors except ritonavir if you are
prescribed a full dose or 600 mg twice daily.
You should not take Voractiv with any of the
Always take this medicine exactly as your
doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with
your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
These doses are for adults and children
• oral contraceptives. You should use
additional means of contraception as long as weighing more than 30 kg. Children weighing
less than this should not take these tablets.
you take Voractiv.
The recommended dose is:
Tell your doctor also if you take one of the
• Medicines for irregular heart beats like class The amount of Voractiv people take can be
Ia antiarrhythmics (quinidine, disopyramide),
different, and this depends on your body
propafenone, mexiletine, tocainide, lorcainide
weight. Usually, you will be given the following
• Medicines for the heart or blood pressure: number of tablets:
calcium antagonists (such as diltiazem,
• If you weigh 30 kilograms (kg) to 39 kg –
nifedipine, verapamil, nimodipine, isradipine,
take 2 tablets each day
nicardipine, nisoldipine), digitoxin, digoxin,
• If you weigh 40 kg to 54 kg – take 3 tablets
carvedilol, digoxin, beta-blockers (such as
bisoprolol, metoprolol, propranolol,
• If you weigh 55 kg to 70 kg – take 4 tablets
carvedilol), losartan, imidapril, enalapril
• Diuretics like eplerenone
• If you weigh more than 70 kg – take 5
• Medicines to suppress the immune
tablets each day.
system like ciclosporin, tacrolimus, sirolimus, Your doctor will prescribe the best dose for you.
Use in children
Voractiv is not recommended for children under
• Medicines to treat fungal infections
8 years of age or with a body weight of less
(antifungals like fluconazole, itraconazole,
than 30 kg.
ketoconazole, voriconazole, terbinafine)
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you
start taking this medicine because it
contains important information for you.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it
• If you have any further questions, ask
your doctor or pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for
you only. Do not pass it on to others. It
may harm them, even if their signs of
illness are the same as yours.
• If you get any side effects, talk to your
doctor or pharmacist. This includes any
possible side effects not listed in this
leaflet. See Section 4.
• Antibiotics like clarithromycin, telithromycin,
dapsone, doxycycline, fluoroquinolones,
Voractiv is well tolerated by most older patients,
but you should inform your doctor if you are
suffering from liver or kidney disease. In some
cases your doctor may recommend that you
take additional vitamin B6 as long as you take
Method of administration
You should take Voractiv once a day during the
first two months of treatment.
Swallow these tablets whole with a drink of water.
Voractiv should be taken at least 1 hour before
Duration of treatment:
Voractiv is usually given for 2 months at the
beginning of tuberculosis treatment. Your
doctor will decide on the duration of treatment
If you take more Voractiv than you should:
If you accidentally take one tablet too many,
nothing is likely to happen. If you accidentally
take several tablets too many, contact your
doctor or talk to your nearest hospital casualty
department immediately. If possible, take your
tablets or the box with you to show the doctor
what you have taken.
If you forget to take Voractiv:
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as
possible. However, if it is nearly time for your
next dose skip the missed dose and take the
next tablet at the usual time.
If you stop taking Voractiv:
Always keep taking the tablets until the course
is finished, even if you feel better. If you stop
taking the tablets too soon, the infection may
come back. Also, the bacteria may become
resistant to the medicine.
If you have any further questions on the use of
this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side
effects, although not everybody gets them.
Serious side effects:
If you have any of the following symptoms of
a severe allergic reaction stop taking this
medicine and tell your doctor immediately or
go to the casualty department at your
• Sudden difficulty in breathing, speaking and
swallowing; swelling of lips, tongue, face or
neck (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people)
• Extreme dizziness or collapse (may affect up
to 1 in 1,000 people)
If you experience any of the following side
effects contact your doctor as soon as
• Inflammation of the pancreas, which causes
severe pain in the abdomen and back
(pancreatitis, frequency not known)
• Severe extensive skin damage (separation of
the epidermis and superficial mucous
membranes) (toxic epidermal necrolysis,
TEN, may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people)
• A drug reaction that causes rash, fever,
inflammation of internal organs,
haematologic abnormalities and systemic
illness (DRESS syndrome, may affect up to 1
in 1,000 people)
• Yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes, or
urine getting darker and stools paler, fatigue,
weakness, malaise, loss of appetite, nausea
or vomiting caused by liver problems
(hepatitis, may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
• Diarrhoea that is serious, lasts a long time or
has blood in it with stomach pain or fever: This
can be a sign of serious bowel inflammation
(may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people)
• Bleeding into the skin; if you continue taking
Voractiv, you are at risk of brain haemorrhage
(bleeding, may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people)
• Vision disturbances like blurred vision, eye
pain, red-green colour blindness or even loss
of vision (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people)
• Shortage of white blood cells, accompanied
by sudden high fever, severe sore throat and
ulcers in the mouth (agranulocytosis, may
affect up to 1 in 1,000 people).
These are all serious side effects. You may need
urgent medical attention.
Other side effects:
Common side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10
• Tiredness, drowsiness, headache, lightheadedness, dizziness
• Damage of peripheral nerves
• Reddening of the eyes, permanent
discoloration of soft contact lenses
• Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite,
abdominal pain, bloatedness, epigastric
• Flushing, itching with or without skin rash,
• Allergic or other reactions like skin rash,
fever, muscle or joint pain
• Increase of liver enzymes
• Disturbances of liver function which might
show as loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting,
fatigue, malaise and weakness
• Reddish discoloration of body fluids and
secretions like urine, tear fluid, sweat,
sputum, stools and saliva
• Increase in blood uric acid, acute gouty
arthritis (chills, pain and swelling of joints,
especially big toe, ankle or knee).
Uncommon side effects (may affect up to 1 in
• Hallucinations, disorientation, confusion,
Rare side effects (may affect up to 1 in 1,000
• Changes of white and red blood cell count,
changes of platelet count, anaemia,
disorders of blood clotting, swelling of spleen
• Oedema/swelling because of water retention
• Menstrual disturbances, swelling of breast
tissue in men, early puberty, difficulties in
diabetes control, high blood sugar, Cushing’s
syndrome (disease caused by increase of
corticosteroid hormones), induction of crisis
in Addison’s patients (patients with a special
form of hormonal disorder)
• Psychosis, hyperactivity, euphoria,
• Muscular weakness, myopathy, problems
with the coordination of voluntary muscles
(ataxia), increase in seizure frequency in
• Disturbances of vision, damage to the optic
• Numbness, tingling, burning pain or
weakness in hands or feet
• Gastritis, jaundice, enlargement of the liver,
inflammation of the liver (in rare cases severe)
• Allergic and other reactions like dry mouth,
heartburn, urination disorders, rheumatic
syndromes and symptoms, pellagra
(characterized by gastrointestinal
disturbances, reddening of skin, nervous and
mental disorders), swelling of lymph nodes,
acne, skin rash, light sensitivity
• Elevation of kidney enzymes, acute kidney
failure, inflammation of the kidney, problems
• Induction of a condition called porphyria (a
group of disorders characterized by lightsensitivity, skin lesions, anaemia, psychosis
and acute abdominal pain).
Frequency not known:
• Inflammation of the blood vessels
If you resume therapy after an interruption of
treatment with Voractiv, a so-called influenza-like
syndrome may occur.
It is characterized by fever, shivering and possibly
headache, dizziness, bone and muscle pain. In
rare cases bleeding into the skin, breathing
difficulties, asthma-like attacks, anaemia, shock
and kidney failure might develop.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor,
pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible
side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can
also report side effects directly via the Yellow
Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
By reporting side effects you can help provide
more information on the safety of this medicine.
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date
which is stated on the carton, label, or blister
after EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day
of that month.
Do not store above 30°C.
Blisters: Store in the original package in order
to protect from moisture.
Containers: Keep the container tightly closed in
order to protect from moisture.
Do not throw away any medicines via
wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to throw away medicines you
no longer use. These measures will help protect
What Voractiv contains
The active substances are rifampicin, isoniazid,
pyrazinamide and ethambutol hydrochloride.
Each tablet contains 150 mg rifampicin, 75 mg
isoniazid, 400 mg pyrazinamide and 275 mg
- The other excipients are:
Pregelatinised maize starch, Maize starch,
Sodium laurilsulfate, Microcrystalline cellulose,
Povidone K 30, Crospovidone, Magnesium
Copovidone, Hypromellose, Talc, Titanium
dioxide (E171), Macrogol 400, Macrogol 6000,
Iron oxide red (E172).
What Voractiv looks like and contents of the
Voractiv, film-coated tablets are brown, ovaloid,
biconvex film-coated tablets, plain on both sides.
Voractiv, film-coated tablets may be packed in
the following pack sizes:
Carton box with blisters containing:
30, 60, 120, 240, 672 or 1000 film-coated
White, opaque polypropylene container with
polyethylene cap containing: 500 film-coated
White, opaque polyethylene container with
polypropylene cap containing: 500 film-coated
Pack sizes of 500 and 1000 film-coated tablets
are intended for clinical use. Not all pack sizes
may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
Sandoz Ltd., Frimley Business Park, Frimley,
Camberley, Surrey GU16 7SR.
Sandoz GmbH, Biochemiestrasse 10, 6250
Sandoz S.R.L., Str.Livezeni nr. 7a, RO-540472,
Linthwaite, Huddersfield, HD7 5QH, UK.
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