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Tuberculin (Injection)

Tuberculin (too-BER-kyoo-lin)

Tests for tuberculosis (TB) infection.

Brand Name(s):

Tubersol, Aplisol
There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

You should not use this test if you have ever had an allergic reaction to a TB skin test.

How to Use This Medicine:


  • This is a skin test that will show if you have tuberculosis (TB). In order to make sure that you do not have TB, your doctor may ask you to come back for a second test.
  • For the intradermal injection, medicine is injected into the skin on your forearm. A small bump should appear on your skin.
  • For the multiple-puncture device (Tine test), a device with several prongs is pressed against the skin on your forearm. It will slightly scratch your skin.
  • Your skin may become red and swollen in the area where the medicine was given.
  • You must return to your doctor in 2 or 3 days so that he/she can look at the way your skin has reacted to the medicine. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you come back for this exam.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Before you have this test, be sure your doctor knows if you have had a vaccination within the last 4 to 6 weeks, if you are HIV positive or have AIDS, if you are getting medicine or radiation for cancer, or if you are taking a corticosteroid medicine such as cortisone or prednisone.
Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are allergic to acacia.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Rash or hives
  • Swelling of the face, throat, or lips
  • Wheezing or trouble breathing
  • If your skin in the area of the test looks dark or becomes an open sore

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Skin pain or itching at the site of the test
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.

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