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What medications treat latent TB?

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Your doctor might prescribe medication to kill the inactive bacteria so it doesn't re-activate and cause an active infection. Isoniazid (INH) is the most common therapy for latent TB. If you can't take that, you doctor could prescribe rifampin or a combination of isoniazid and rifapentine.

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 Nayana Ambardekar on September 18, 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 Nayana Ambardekar on September 18, 2019

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