October 23, 2013
Tuberculosis Cure -Taking medication can prevent progression of TB infection to TB disease.
Preventive treatment generally involves two antibiotics for a period of 3 to 6 months.
For TB disease treatment usually lasts at least 6 months, and sometimes up to 2 years.
treatment involves several antibiotics need to be taken according to specific instructions to no longer be contagious, cure tuberculosis, and reduce the risk relapse.
If you forget to take your tablets, or if you take only one, the TB germs can develop drug resistance (drug resistance), start to multiply and become more difficult to remove. This is why a standpoint of public health, incomplete treatment or poor compliance is worse than no treatment at all. In addition, treatment-resistant TB are 100 times more expensive than standard TB treatment.
Medicinal Products2 The goal of treatment is to destroy the bacteria in infected organs is based on a combination of four antibiotics:
Isoniazid (INH) Rimifon ® (Hepato-toxic)
the rifampicin (RFP): Rifadin ® (enzyme inducer, it inactivates AC, contraception, corticosteroids)
Ethambutol (EMB) Myambutol ® (eye safe)
Pyrazinamide (PZD) Pirilène ® (gout).
More and more resistance to these four antibiotics are currently being developed. In this case, other antibiotics such as sparfloxacin, amikacin, capreomycin, ethionamide or cycloserine can be used.
Treatment modalities depend on the type of tuberculosis and antibiotic sensitivity of bacteria.
Pregnant women infected with TB should also receive treatment, but antibiotics used will depend on the stage of pregnancy.
Do not hesitate to tell your doctor any difficulty to follow the treatment.
From the beginning of treatment, the contagiousness decreases very rapidly.
It is possible that a work stoppage can prescribe. Generally well followed treatment allows the resumption of work 6-12 weeks after starting treatment.
Hospitalization may also be necessary, and if tuberculosis is contagious, the patient will undergo a respiratory isolation (one bedroom with a single bed, or wearing a mask).