Brands of Pyrazinamide in Kenya

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Pyrazinamide in Kenya :TB Guidelines, Brand names , price
Pyrazinamide Chemical Structure

Mechanism of Action of Pyrazinamide:

Pyrazinamide is a prodrug that stops the growth of M. tuberculosis. Pyrazinamide diffuses into the granuloma of M. tuberculosis, where the tuberculosis enzyme pyrazinamidase converts pyrazinamide to the active form pyrazinoic acid.


Pyrazinamide is indicated for the initial treatment of active tuberculosis in adults and children when combined with other antituberculous agents.


Recommended dosage for standard unsupervised 2-month treatment:

Adults: Under 50kg bodyweight: maximum of 3 tablets or 1.5g daily. 50kg and over bodyweight: maximum of 4 tablets or 2g daily.

Children: 35mg/kg daily.

Recommended dosage for intermittent supervised 2-month treatment:

Adults: Under 50kg bodyweight: maximum of 4 tablets or 2g 3 times a week. 50kg and over bodyweight: maximum of 5 tablets or 2.5g 3 times a week.

Children: 50mg/kg 3 times a week.

Pyrazinamide should be administered with at least one other effective antituberculous drug. The use of Pyrazinamide in combination therapy does not modify the accepted dosages of other antituberculous agents.

Use in the elderly: The general considerations outlined above should also apply to elderly patients.

Immunocompromised patients: Multi-resistant M. tuberculosis may be present in immunocompromised patients. The organism should always be cultured to confirm its type and drug sensitivity. Confirmed M. Tuberculosis infection sensitive to first-line drugs should be treated with a standard 6 month regimen; after completing treatment, patients should be closely monitored. The regimen may need to be modified if infection is caused by resistant organisms and specialist advice is needed.

In meningeal or pericardial tuberculosis, a corticosteroid should be started at the same time as antituberculosis therapy.


Pyrazinamide is contra-indicated in patients with:

  • Hypersensitivity to pyrazinamide or to any of the excipients
  • Hepatic disease
  • Hyperuricaemia and/or gouty arthritis
  • Acute porphyria.

Pyrazinamide is also contra-indicated in breast-feeding mothers


Pyrazinamide antagonizes the effect of uricosuric agents such as probenecid and sulfinpyrazone. Pyrazinamide may reduce the contraceptive effects of oestrogens and should be avoided 3 days before and after oral typhoid vaccination since it may inactivate the vaccine.


Fever, porphyria and dysuria have rarely been reported. Gout
The principal adverse effect is a hepatic reaction . Hepatotoxicity appears to be dose related, and may appear at any time during therapy. GI disturbances including nausea, vomiting and anorexia have also been reported.
Hematologic and Lymphatic
Thrombocytopenia and sideroblastic anemia with erythroid hyperplasia, vacuolation of erythrocytes and increased serum iron concentration have occurred rarely with this drug. Adverse effects on blood clotting mechanisms have also been rarely reported.
Mild arthralgia and myalgia have been reported frequently. Hypersensitivity reactions including rashes, urticaria, and pruritus have been reported. Fever, acne, photosensitivity, porphyria, dysuria and interstitial nephritis have been reported rarely.

Reporting of suspected adverse reactions:

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Pyrazinamide in Kenya
Pyrazinamide in Kenya
Pyrazinamide in Kenya
Pyrazinamide in Kenya

Clinical | Pharmacokinetic data

Pregnancy Category:
Routes of Administration: Oral
Bioavailability: >90%
Protein Binding: ~10%
Metabolosim: Liver
Onset of Action:
Elimination Half life: 9 to 10 hours
Excretion: Kidneys

Legal Status | Dosage forms & Strengths

Prescription Category:
Prescription only Medicine (POM) , ℞-only
Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Control ) Act Schedule:
This drug is not a controlled substance under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Control ) Act
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