I Have Stopped Taking TB Treatment Before?

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Good morning, a year ago I had TB treatment at a pulmonary specialist, after the drug ran out I thought it was only a month, I didn’t continue. Because I don’t have my money anymore, so I can’t use the medicine again. Because the drugs I bought at that time were 600 thousand drugs for TB and liver medicine. And because I think I have no more complaints. So I consider it simple. And don’t take medicine anymore. Well, 2 months ago I had another recurrence, so I continued to seek treatment and take TB medicine at the health center. Some of the doctors there said I could still recover. And some say you can’t get well because you have stopped taking the medicine, the bacteria will be immune to the TB medicine. So, is it true that I can’t be cured? Explanation please.

1 Answer:

Hi BoruSaragih .. Thanks for the question.


For every pulmonary TB patient, it is better to undergo regular and complete treatment. Patience is needed in TB treatment because treatment is carried out within a minimum of 6 months and must not be stopped. In your case this is referred to as a withdrawal patient. So the TB treatment you are taking is category 2 TB treatment. Category 2 TB treatment is given to TB patients who have dropped out of drugs, patients with relapse cases, and patients who fail treatment.


TB category 2 treatment requires a longer time, which is about 8 months. And the drugs given are different, where the doctor will give additional Streptomicin injections in the first 2 months of treatment. In addition, you also need to undergo resistance testing to find out whether there is resistance to TB drugs. The most common resistance is the drugs isoniazid and rifampin. This drug resistance is called TB-MDR (Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis). MDR-TB can occur because TB sufferers do not complete treatment, errors in dose administration, amount, and duration of treatment.


It is better if you keep routine control to the doctor. You can continue your treatment at the health center or to a pulmonary specialist. In addition, they also returned to check sputum checks, X-rays, and resistance tests. You should also maintain a healthy lifestyle, improve air circulation in your home, use a mask, especially if you often cough, avoid throwing phlegm carelessly, eat nutritious foods to increase endurance.


Hopefully useful


dr. Iriyanti

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