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Can tuberculosis (TB) be cured?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Antibiotics cure tuberculosis (TB) in 95 percent of cases. Usually, you must take antibiotics for several months; if you stop early, a few TB bacteria may survive and make you sick again. Doctors usually prescribe isoniazid, pyrazinamide, ethambutol (Myambutol), rifampin (Rifadin), or a combination of these medications, just in case the particular strain of TB is resistant to one or two of them. However, certain strains of very drug-resistant TB cannot be cured. In these rare cases, the disease can be fatal.

Tuberculosis (TB) can be cured. Since the disease has been around for a long time, there are many drugs that can be used to treat and cure TB.

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