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Medication

Posted: October 31, 2013 in TB medication

Here in Japan, the medication prescribed for tuberculosis is standardized throughout the country, and there are usually two different courses of treatment, depending on the age and liver condition of the patient. Most younger patients, including myself, are on treatment plan A, which consists of the following:

About two months:

Isoniazid (INH)

Rifampicin (RFP)

Ethambutol (EB)

Pyrazinamide (PZA)

At least 6 months:

Isoniazid (INH)

Rifampicin (RFP)

Ethambutol (EB) might also be extended, depending on my prognosis after 2 months.

My medication is administered once a day (in the morning) and consists of the following:

300mg of INH, 600mg of RFP, 1000mg of EB, and 1.5g of PZA. This is an awful lot of pills to be taking at one time, and can put quite a strain on the body. The first couple of days were rough, but the body adjusts to all of the drugs pretty quickly. Some of the side effects can be pretty bad, but so far they’ve been manageable. The worse thing about the medication is the PZA. It comes in powder form, just like those pesky stomach medicine packets the doctors prescribe when you have cold. For those who have never taken medicine in powder form, imagine chewing all of your medication before swallowing it and you can get the picture. Luckily PZA is not part of the long-term drug menu. And to think as I child, I had trouble swallowing just one pill.

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The two pills at the bottom of the picture are not part of the TB regimen, but are thrown in as extras. The red pill is a vitamin B6 pill (to counteract the side effects of INH). The white pill is to help settle the stomach and prevent nausea.