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See also Antibiotics (General)
Used for the treatment of tuberculosis, isoniazid can interfere with the absorption or metabolism of numerous nutrients. Since this antibiotic is commonly taken for a very long period of time, deficiencies can mount up over the course of treatment, impairing overall health.
Individuals who take isoniazid may develop nerve problems such as tingling or numbness in the arms, hands, legs, and feet. The cause is believed to be the drug's interference with the action of vitamin B
To prevent these complications, it may make sense to take vitamin B
According to animal studies, isoniazid can interfere with the body's ability to produce vitamin B
Isoniazid may interfere with the body's ability to use vitamin D. 7,8,9
Although it is not clear whether this actually causes symptoms of vitamin D deficiency, 10 it still might be a good idea to take vitamin D supplements at standard U.S. Adequate Intake (AI) dosages.
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