How TB is treated

Treatment of TB

Treatment of tuberculosis (TB) takes six to nine months and sometimes longer. TB can be cured in almost all cases by taking the medications as prescribed by your doctor for the full course of treatment (at least six months).

Initial intensive phase

Tablets are taken for seven (7) days a week for two (2) months to kill the TB germ At the end of two (2) months another sputum test is done to determine whether or not the treatment is working If the tests at the end of the two months confirm that the treatment is working, then a patient is placed on different medication for the remainder of their treatment duration

Continuation phase

Tablets are taken for seven (7) days a week for four (4) months to stop the germs from coming back. A month before the end of the six (6) months, another sputum test is done, the results of which must be negative of tuberculosis in order to be discharged as cured at the end of the treatment duration (6 months)

If you have had TB before, you must take medicine for eight (8) months

Initial intensive phase

Tablets are taken for seven (7) days a week for three (3) months The first two (2) months of which also include the administration of an injection

Continuation phase

Tablets are taken for seven (7) days a weeks for five (5) months

The importance of treatment

  • TB is a deadly but curable disease
  • Treatment stops the spread of TB
  • Completed treatment prevents the emergence of MDR and/or XDR TB which are difficult forms to treat
  • TB can be cured even in the presence of HIV; therefore it is not a death sentence
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