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Is it important to take every dose of antibiotics to treat tuberculosis?

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It’s important to take every dose of your antibiotics to treat tuberculosis. Don’t stop, even if you feel better. If you don’t kill all of the bacteria in your body, the remaining germs can adapt and become drug-resistant.

To help you remember, your doctor may need to watch you take your medication. This is called directly observed therapy. It’s recommended for treatment programs where you take antibiotics a few times a week instead of every day.

SOURCES:

Brian W. Christman, MD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

CDC: “Questions and Answers About Tuberculosis” and “Tuberculosis.”

American Lung Association: “Learn About Tuberculosis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Tuberculosis.”

World Health Organization: “Tuberculosis.”

Minnesota Department of Health: “Home Respiratory Precautions for Patients with Potentially Infectious Tuberculosis.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on March 24, 2019

SOURCES:

Brian W. Christman, MD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

CDC: “Questions and Answers About Tuberculosis” and “Tuberculosis.”

American Lung Association: “Learn About Tuberculosis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Tuberculosis.”

World Health Organization: “Tuberculosis.”

Minnesota Department of Health: “Home Respiratory Precautions for Patients with Potentially Infectious Tuberculosis.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on March 24, 2019

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