Can TB Drugs Be Cut In Small Sizes?
good afternoon, I thought I was 20 years old and I just tested positive for TB. what I want to ask is can my TB drugs be cut into small sizes so that I can swallow because I find it very difficult to swallow drugs especially TB drugs are too big for me, or are there other suggestions so I can take it? thank you
Good afternoon Ira, thank you for asking at HealthReplies.com. TB or tuberculosis, is a disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis and often attacks the lungs although it can also attack the breast, bone, brain, glands, and intestines.
A person's risk of contracting TB increases, if he is often in contact with TB sufferers, is in a slum settlement, ventilation and solar lighting in his house is not good, still a child or elderly, has a low immune system and lives with the sufferer. If you have been diagnosed with tuberculosis, the patient must take the drug for at least 6 months regularly on an empty stomach to maximize the performance of the drug.
Regarding your question, because this medicine should be taken on an empty stomach, we cannot recommend other ways such as putting it in a banana or eaten with rice. There are no TB syrup preparations, so the only way is to cut it as you say.
It's just that you need to know that drug preparations, whether in the form of capsules, tablets, caplets, syrups, etc., are made so not only for aesthetic reasons, but to protect the drug from working prematurely and ensure its optimal effect. So if you cut it like that, the effectiveness of the medicine has actually been reduced. But once again, if the consideration is between the reduced effectiveness or not at all you consume, then it is better to cut. We just feel the need to convey this so that you also practice to take medicine as a whole.
In addition, cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with a tissue or upper arm of clothing, do not spit carelessly, and keep your distance from children or the elderly first. So, hopefully answering your question.