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Forecox Tablet

Manufacturer: Macleods Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
Medicine composition: Isoniazid, Rifampicin, Ethambutol, Pyrazinamide
Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor not required
Last Updated: March 03, 2021

Forecox Tablet is a combination drug that is employed in the treatment of tuberculosis, it works by preventing the growth of infection-causing microorganisms. Forecox is an antibacterial drug which kills tuberculosis causing organisms. Therefore, it is used for the treatment and prevention of tuberculosis. It is supposed to be used with other medicines till it increase its effectiveness.

Forecox Tablet is a prescription drug and is taken as directed by the doctor. This medicine should be taken in recommended dosage only, consuming more than that may cause adverse reactions. Avoid using this tablet if you are allergic to it, if you have any liver disorders or if you have had hepatitis from any medicine. Tell your doctor if you have:

  • diabetes
  • A history of alcohol or other substance abuse
  • Kidney problems
  • Nerve problems
  • Unsanitary injectable drug habits
  • HIV
  • A history of liver problems

The course of the treatment of Forecox Tablet should be completed, even after the symptoms are gone as discontinuing it may affect the potency of the drug. The effect of the medicine takes time to show its effect, however, consult with the doctor in the case of exacerbation of health conditions.

You must also tell your doctor if you are older than 35 years old, you have recently given birth, or you have previously taken isoniazid. This medicine should be taken 1 or 2 hours before meals. The dosage is based on your medical condition, age and how you respond to the first dose of the medicine.

Before starting Forecox Tablet, notify the doctor of any allergies, recent medications, and health conditions such as kidney and liver ailments as it may or may not interfere with the health condition. Pregnant, planning a pregnancy, breastfeeding women should consult with the doctor before starting Forecox Tablet.

Additionally, avoid alcohol consumption while taking Forecox Tablet as it may cause excessive drowsiness. It is advised to take adequate rest and have a healthy diet to recover fast, also, the doctor may order some tests to know the effect of the drug on the body.

This medication is sued to treat the following condition

  • Tuberculosis

This medication has the following side effects

  • Is It safe with alcohol?

    This medicine may cause symptoms such as flushing, increased heartbeat, nausea, thirst, chest pain and low blood pressure with alcohol (Disulfiram reactions).
  • Are there any pregnancy warnings?

    Pregnant women must take medical help before using this medication.
  • Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

    Breastfeeding women must consult doctor before using this medication.
  • Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?

    Caution is advised when driving or operating machinery.
  • Does this affect kidney function?

    Caution must be taken while using this medicine in patients with kidney disease. Adjustment of dose might be needed. Kindly consult your doctor before taking it.
  • Does this affect liver function?

    Caution must be taken while using this medicine in patients with liver disease. Adjustment of dose might be needed. Kindly consult your doctor before taking it.

Below is the list of medicines, which have the same composition, strength and form as Forecox Tablet , and hence can be used as its substitute.

  • Are there any missed dose instructions?

    Missed dose should be taken as soon as possible. It is recommended to skip your missed dose, if it is the time for your next scheduled dose.
  • Are there any overdose instructions?

    Consult your doctor in case of overdose.

This tablet is an inactive compound which is known as a prodrug. It needs to be activated by the catalase of bacteria. Once this medication has been activated it brings about inhibition of the synthesis of the mycolic acids.

Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

  • Interaction with Lab Test

    Reacts with Acetest® and Ketostix® to produce pinkish-brown color. False-positive urinary glucose with Clinitest®.
  • Interaction with Medicine

    • Decreased effect/levels of isoniazid with aluminum salts.
    • Increased toxicity/levels of oral anticoagulants, carbamazepine, cycloserine, meperidine, hydantoins, hepatically metabolized benzodiazepines with isoniazid; reaction with disulfiram occurs; enflurane with isoniazid may result in renal failure especially in rapid acetylators.
    • Increased hepatic toxicity with alcohol or with rifampin and isoniazid.
  • Interaction with Food

    Should be administered 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals on an empty stomach; avoid foods with histamine or tyramine (cheese, broad beans, dry sausage, salami, nonfresh meat, liver pate, soy bean, liquid and powdered protein supplements, wine); increase dietary intake of folate, niacin, magnesium.
  • Interaction with Disease

    • Use with caution in patients with renal impairment and chronic liver disease. Severe and sometimes fatal hepatitis may occur or develop even after many months of treatment; patients must report any prodromal symptoms of hepatitis, such as fatigue, weakness, malaise, anorexia, nausea, or vomiting.
    • Children with low milk and low meat intake should receive concomitant pyridoxine therapy. Periodic ophthalmic examinations are recommended even when usual symptoms do not occur; pyridoxine (10-50 mg/day) is recommended in individuals likely to develop peripheral neuropathies.

Ques: What is Forecox Tablet?

Ans: This tablet has Ethambutol Hcl, Isoniazid Ip, Pyrazinamide and Rifampin as active elements present in it. This medicine performs its action by preventing bacterial development that causes tuberculosis, killing wide range of infection causing bacteria, interfering with the formation of the outer protective covering of the bacteria, constricting the growth of bacteria. Forecox is used to treat conditions such as Tuberculosis, Active tuberculosis infections, Phthisis, Bacterial infection of membranes covering the spinal cord, Bacterial infections, etc.

Ques: What are the uses of Forecox Tablet?

Ans: Forecox Tablet is a medication which is used for the treatment of active tuberculosis infections.

Ques: What are the Side Effects of Forecox Tablet?

Ans: Side effects of this tablet are Reddish coloured urine, Joint pain, Itching of skin, Abdominal discomfort, Unusual tiredness, Elevation of plasma uric acid, Itching, Vomiting, Gastrointestinal disturbances, Pale red skin, Hypersensitivity, Erosion, Headache, Menstrual irregularities, Itchy skin rash, Drowsiness, Lack of appetite, Muscular weakness, Urge to vomit, Nausea, and Behavioral changes.

Ques: What are the instructions for storage and disposal Forecox Tablet?

Ans: Forecox tablet should be kept in a cool dry place and in its original pack. Make sure this medication remains unreachable to children and pets.

Ques: How long do I need to use Forecox Tablet before I see improvement of my conditions?

Ans: It takes 1 or 2 days before you see an improvement in your health conditions.

Ques: What are the contraindications to Forecox Tablet?

Ans: This tablet should not be used if you have the conditions such as Acute gout or hyperuricemia, Aged above 35 years, Alcohol, Breastfeeding, Hypersensitivity, Liver disease, Optic neuritis, Planning to become pregnant, Porphyria, and Severe hepatic disease.

Ques: Is Forecox Tablet safe to use when pregnant?

Ans: This medication is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Ques: Will Forecox Tablet be more effective if taken in more than the recommended dose?

Ans: No, taking higher than the recommended dose of this medication can lead to increased chances of side effects such as Reddish coloured urine, Joint pain, Itching of skin, Abdominal discomfort, Unusual tiredness, Elevation of plasma uric acid, Itching, Vomiting, Gastrointestinal disturbances, Feeling of discomfort, Arthralgias, Eczema, Muscular hypotonia, Appetite changes, Headache, Itchy skin rash, Drowsiness, etc.

Ques: How long does Forecox Tablet take to show its effect?

Ans: The effect of Forecox Tablet shows after 2 hours of administration.

Ques: Does Forecox Tablet lead to vision impairment?

Ans: Forecox Tablet may cause vision impairment in some patients, however, it is reversible. It is advised to report to the doctor or any changes in the vision.

Ques: Does Forecox Tablet cause urine discolouration?

Ans: Forecox Tablet causes momentary discolouration (red, orange, or brown) of urine, saliva, teeth, sweat, and tears.

Ques: Should Forecox Tablet be taken with a meal or without a meal?

Ans: It is advised to take Forecox Tablet on an empty stomach, or at least 1 to 2 hours before a meal as it decreases the absorption of the medicine.
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About Forecox Tablet
What are the uses of Forecox Tablet
What are the contraindications of Forecox Tablet ?
What are the side effects of Forecox Tablet ?
Key highlights of Forecox Tablet
What are the substitutes for Forecox Tablet ?
What are the dosage instructions?
How does this medication work?
What are the interactions of Forecox Tablet ?
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