Tuberculosis (TB) Treatment
Is there a cure for TB?
Doctors treat tuberculosis (TB) with antibiotics to kill the TB bacteria. These medicines are given to everyone who has TB, including infants, children, pregnant women, and people who have a weakened immune system.
Treatment for active tuberculosis Health experts recommend:
- Using more than one medicine to prevent multidrug-resistant TB. The standard treatment begins with four medicines given for 2 months.
- Continuing treatment for 4 to 9 months or longer if needed. The number of medicines used during this time depends on the results of sensitivity testing.
- Using directly observed therapy (DOT). This means visits with a health professional who watches you every time you take your medicine. A cure for TB requires you to take all doses of the antibiotics. These visits ensure that people follow medicine instructions, which is helpful because of the long treatment course for TB.