Forgot To Take Pulmonary TB Medicine?

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Afternoon. I want to ask, I’m a pulmonary tuberculosis sufferer. Usually I take medicine after waking up from sleep, but today I forgot to take the medicine. Can I take medicine after eating? Or what are the suggestions.

1 Answer:

Hello Depoyy,


Pulmonary TB is caused by a bacterial infection. Symptoms of pulmonary TB include cough for more than 3 weeks, bloody cough, weight loss, night wrinkles, fever, shortness of breath, and chest pain. Examination of pulmonary TB is by history, physical examination, and supporting examination by molecular cpat test, sputum smear test, and x-ray. Handling of pulmonary TB is with anti-tuberculosis (OAT) drugs.


OAT which is often given is in the form of FDC (fixed dose combination) which contains 2-4 types of OAT (isoniazid, pyrazinamide, rifampicin, and ethambutol). OAT consumption must be in accordance with doctor's recommendations, must not be stopped alone, and as much as possible should not be forgotten. OAT is given for a minimum of 6 months, can be more in accordance with the conditions and patient response.


If you forget to consume OAT this morning, you can immediately consume OAT as soon as you remember on an empty stomach (before eating or waiting about 2 hours after eating). Henceforth make sure you take OAT according to schedule so that the effects of the drug remain effective. You can use an alarm / reminder on the cellphone to take OAT, use a kind of checklist to take medicine, or ask family members at home to remind each other to take medicine. You can put OAT in a place that you can easily see (it must be beyond the reach of children) so that it is not easily forgotten.


Hope it helps you,


Thank you

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