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Is isoniazid treatment absolutely necessary?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by r536, Jun 6, 2008.

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  1. r536

    r536 2+ Year Member

    Jun 16, 2007
    I am just wondering if anybody knows if isoniazid treatment is absolutely necessary for ppl who had BCG before they can start med school. I really do not want to take such a toxic drug for 6 months unless it is required by the law.
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  3. ar2388

    ar2388 rads resident 7+ Year Member

    Aug 2, 2007
    New York, NY
    i assume you had a positive TB test... i had to go through the treatment when i was younger when I first came to america. did you not do that? i believe you need to get a chest xray first and based on those results they decided whether you need the treatment.
    i went through it and my parents have the paper work so I hope they don't make me go through it again.
  4. Jolie South

    Jolie South is invoking Domo. . . Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    SDN is not the place to seek medical advice. I'd suggest you talk with your physician and check with your school's immunization office for further information.

    Closing thread.
  5. plauto

    plauto 7+ Year Member

    Sep 16, 2007
    By BCG do you mean Bacillus Calmette-Guerin Vaccine ? Are you saying you had TB?
    In my school if you have a positive rxn to a 2 step PPD then you need to have a chest x-ray taken to prove the infection is not active.
    In any case follow your physician's recommendation because if you are at risk of developing TB you sure want to take the drug no matter what.
  6. Samus Aran

    Samus Aran Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Apr 10, 2003
    mushytown in rooville
    sdn is not a place for anyone to seek medical advice. please consult your physician. closing.

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