First line drugs for tuberculosis include drugs such as Isoniazid, Rifampin, Pyrazinamide, Ethambutol and Streptomycin. These drugs are prescribed on the basis of the patient’s weight. Dosage differs in children and adults.
First line drug treatment for tuberculosis is the main treatment for this disease. First line medication includes major drugs used for treating tuberculosis. These drugs effectively control the TB from spreading in the body and suppress tubercular disease. The first line treatment for tuberculosis includes the following drugs:
The first line drugs for the treatment of tuberculosis are prescribed on the basis of the patient’s weight. Usually, the dosage of these drugs is standardized for three or four body weight scales such as 30–39 kg, 40–54 kg, 55–70 kg and over 70 kg. Dosage varies in different individuals on the basis of the given regimen. These anti-tuberculosis drugs follow three regimens that have been used for treatment, which include daily, twice weekly and thrice weekly. The usually recommended dosage for children and adults as per the three regimens is given below:
Twice Weekly Regimen
The World Health Organization (WHO) does not recommend twice-weekly regimens as this regimen has greater risk of treatment failure due to missed doses.
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