Tuberculosis (TB) can scar the lungs and other parts of the body, such as the kidneys, bones, or the brain. TB can even be fatal. If you know you have TB, get medical treatment. This usually involves medication. It is essential that you follow your treatment plan as instructed.
Take ALL of your medication as prescribed. If you don’t, the TB may not go away and you may still be infected.
TB infection and disease are treated with medications. You may have tests to tell which medications are right for you. You’ll have to take more than one kind of medication. Treatment may last many months. Taking your medication exactly as you are told should cure the disease. If you don’t take all your medication, your symptoms may come back.
Follow the instructions on your prescription. Follow any instructions your doctor gives you. This is the only way to make your TB go away. Take all of your medications, even if you are not having any symptoms.
If you have TB infection or disease, go for follow-up exams. Exams help to make sure any medication you’re given is working. It's also when your provider can check to see if your TB is getting better wor worse. The only way to cure TB is to take all of your medication as instructed.
For more information on TB, call your local health department. Also call the American Lung Association at 800-586-4872, or visit them on the Internet at www.lungusa.org.