Clinical Uses

Isoniazid is among the safest and most active mycobac-tericidal agents. It is considered the primary drug for use in all therapeutic and prophylactic regimens for susceptible tuberculosis infections. It is also included in the first-line drug combinations for use in all types of tuberculous infections. Isoniazid is preferred as a single agent in the treatment of latent tuberculosis infections in high-risk persons having a positive tuberculin skin reaction with no radiological or other clinical evidence of tuberculosis. Mycobacterium kansasii is usually susceptible to isoniazid, and it is included in the standard mul-tidrug treatment regimen.

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