Chronicles of a Rifampinianaut vol. 5: So Begins the Age of INH

Submitted by farandwide on Mon, 2008-03-17 19:48

WinkYes, I broke into my stash of INH from last fall and took my very first dose of INH tonight with my second dose of Rifampin for the day, hence the Rifampinianaut. Isoniazid is the full name of INH and I just couldn't bring myself to label myself the Rifampiniazid. Of course, if one want's to be completely accurate, I would have to also work in Doxycycline, Azithromyocin, N-Acetyl Cysteine, and Metronidazole. Hmmm....the Metroxyzithricetylfampiniazid, lol!!! O-kee, D'O-kee, I think not, lol

In any case, I went ahead and started the INH tonight.  I figured that taking it in the afternoon with my second dose of Rifampin would work best in terms of scheduling.  Since it's a 1 dose a day prescription, I can't exactly fit it into the morning easily so this makes the most sense.

I finished my 22nd pulse on Wednesday of last week.  Nothing new to report, it went right on by just as smoothly as ever, thus my recent questions about INH and my interest in it.  But, I've made the leap so I'm good for another 30 days or so.

Jim K mentioned that INH and Flagyl are both "pro-drugs", if I recall correctly.  I know the label on the prescription of INH says that you cannot drink alcohol with it, which is kind of a bummer, but then, I haven't been drinking at all so I guess it's nothing too different from what I've been doing.  I did drink twice last year, a single drink on two occasions, but that was it.  It does open up a single guy's social life if he can do that, but I'll manage.

Actually, I forgot that I know I'll be engaging in a social event probably in two weeks where alcohol will be a must.  I invited a friend to go to a wine boutique and do a wine tasting.  Consequently, I may stop the INH a few days beforehand and pick it back up a few days after.  Even though I'm only contemplating drinking a very small amount of alcohol, I would prefer to minimize any risk that I can of causing liver problems.

Oh, also, I should mention that I have been regularly taking Annotto Tocotrienols.  I try to take it daily but sometimes forget.  I typically take them in the afternoon either shortly before my second dose of Rifampin or with it.  Tonight I took it togehter with the Rifampin, INH, and NAC all at the same time.  I don't know whether the antioxidant affect of the NAC and Tocotrienols are going to reduce the efficacy of the Rifampin and INH and it might be good to know that if anyone reading knows.

> I did drink twice last year, a single drink on two occasions, but that was it.  It does open up a single guy's social life if he can do that...

It all depends where you "shop".  You could look for a church that frowns on drinking, join their singles group and nobody would think twice about the fact that you're not drinking.   It worked for my cousin and it worked for me.

 

CAP for M.S. since 8/2007. Currently: 100 mg Dox. (2 x day), 250 mg Zith (3 x week) ceased 3/2008, 150 mg Roxi (2 x day) starting 3/2008. Fifth pulse metronidazole completed 2/19/2008.

CAP for M.S. 8/2007 - 3/2009.  Twentieth pulse metronidazole + INH completed 3/12/2009.  Intermittent treatment thereafter until 11/20/2009.  

 I took a lower dose of INH for over a year and never had any problems with a glass of wine on occaision. I'm not sure if it has the same emetic affect as Flagyl and alcohol. Anyone else with experience in this?

CAP for Cpn 11/04. Dx: 25yrs CFS & FMS. Protocol: 200mg Doxy, 500mg MWF Azith, Tini 1000mg/day pulses; Vit D1000 units, Iodoral 50mg, T4 & T3

 

CAP for Cpn 11/04. Dx: 25+yrs CFS & FMS. Currently: 250 aithromycin mwf, doxycycline 100mg BID, restarted Tini pulses; Vit D2000 units, T4 & T3, 6mg Iodoral

 

I tended to take the bacteristatics, first tini or metro dose and at least half the supplements together with breakfast, and I nearly always had a glass of wine with or after dinner, regardless of pulses. Never took INH though. 

I am still here to tell the taleImage removed............Sarah

An Itinerary in Light and Shadow...........Completed Stratton/Wheldon regime for aggressive secondary progressive MS in June 2007, after four years, three of which intermittent.   Still slowly improving and no exacerbation since starting. EDSS was 7, now 2, less on a good day.

Completed Stratton/Wheldon regime for aggressive secondary progressive MS in June 2007, after four years, three of which intermittent.   Still improving bit by bit and no relapses since finishing treatment.