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Pronunciation:peer a ZIN a mide

Pyrazinamide 500 mg

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What is the most important information I should know about pyrazinamide?

finishTake all of the pyrazinamide that has been prescribed for you even if you begin to feel better. Your symptoms may begin to improve before the infection is completely treated.

Call your doctor immediately if you experience a fever, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, painful or swollen joints, yellowing of your skin or eyes, or darkening of your urine.

What is pyrazinamide?

Pyrazinamide is an antibiotic. The exact way that pyrazinamide works is unknown.

Pyrazinamide is used to treat tuberculosis (TB).

Pyrazinamide may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

Who should not take pyrazinamide?

Before taking pyrazinamide, tell your doctor if you have

  • ever had an allergic reaction to pyrazinamide,
  • liver disease,
  • gout,
  • kidney disease, or
  • diabetes mellitus.

You may not be able to take pyrazinamide, or you may require a lower dose or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.

nopregPyrazinamide is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether it will harm an unborn baby. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.
nobrfeedPyrazinamide passes into breast milk and may affect a nursing baby. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take pyrazinamide?

Take pyrazinamide exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

waterTake each dose with a full glass (8 ounces) of water.
finishTake all of the pyrazinamide that has been prescribed for you even if you begin to feel better. Your symptoms may begin to improve before the infection is completely treated.

Pyrazinamide is usually combined with one or more other tuberculosis medicines.

rtStore this medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and take the next one as directed. Do not take a double dose of this medication.

What happens if I overdose?

emtSeek emergency medical attention.

Symptoms of an pyrazinamide overdose are not well known. Liver damage has been detected.

What should I avoid while taking pyrazinamide?

There are no restrictions on foods, beverages, or activities during treatment with pyrazinamide unless your doctor directs otherwise.

What are the possible side effects of pyrazinamide?

emtIf you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking pyrazinamide and seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately:
  • an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
  • a fever;
  • unusual weakness or fatigue;
  • nausea, vomiting, or loss of appetite;
  • yellow skin or eyes;
  • dark urine;
  • difficult or painful urination;
  • painful or swollen joints;
  • worsening gout; or
  • a rash.

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. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect pyrazinamide?

Pyrazinamide may decrease the effects of allopurinol (Zyloprim). A dosage adjustment may be necessary if you take pyrazinamide during treatment with allopurinol.

Pyrazinamide may affect the Acetest and Ketostix urine tests for ketones. This reaction can cause a pink-brown color to appear.

Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with pyrazinamide. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about pyrazinamide.

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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