The TB Drugs and their Major Side Effects
The RIPE drugs are the 4 drugs used to treat TB. Rifampin, which causes red coloring of body fluids such as urine, tears and sweat, is used for 6 months. Isoniazid, also used for 6 months commonly causes peripheral neuropathies, hence the limbs being used to make the words, and causes B6 deficiency. Pyrazinamide causes elevated LFTs, and ethambutol causes eye problems including blurry vision, pain and most notably red-green color blindness are used for the first 2 months of treatment.