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Free Content Lack of toxicity from concomitant directly observed disulfiram and isoniazid-containing therapy for active tuberculosis

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We retrospectively evaluated the use of disulfiram among alcoholic patients being treated for active tuberculosis. There were 13 alcoholics treated with disulfiram, 105 alcoholics not on disulfiram, and 249 non-alcoholics. Rates of toxicity were higher among alcoholics than among non-alcoholics (58% vs. 32%), but there was no difference between alcoholics taking and those not taking disulfiram (61% vs. 57%). There were no neurological side effects in the disulfiram group. Disulfiram appeared to be safe when added to intermittent, directly observed isoniazid-containing tuberculosis treatment, and was useful in managing complications of alcohol abuse. However, the small number of patients on disulfiram limits the strength of this negative finding.
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Keywords: alcohol abuse; disulfiram; drug-drug interaction; hepatotoxicity; isoniazid; neurotoxicity

Document Type: Short Communication

Affiliations: 1: Denver Public Health Department, and Department of Medicine (Division of Infectious Diseases), University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, Colorado, USA 2: Denver Public Health Department, Denver, Colorado, USA

Publication date: 2002-09-01

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