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How is drug-resistant TB treated?

It takes two years or more to treat drug-resistant TB. Some people stay in hospital for the start of the treatment, and others start at a clinic or with support from someone from the community.

THERE ARE TWO PHASES FOR THE TREATMENT:

Phase 1: First six months (Intensive phase)

You will get an injection and take at least four kinds of tablets every day. Once a month you will be tested to see if there are still TB germs found in your cough.

Phase 2: Next 18 months (Continuation phase)

You will take at least four kinds of tablets every day. You will be visited by someone who will observe you taking your medication every day. Once every two months you will be tested to see if there are still TB germs found in your cough.

You should not smoke or use alcohol or drugs when you are taking the treatment.

EVEN IF YOU START TO FEEL BETTER DURING TREATMENT, REMEMBER THAT TAKING ALL OF YOUR TABLETS EVERY DAY FOR AT LEAST TWO YEARS IS THE ONLY WAY THAT DRUGRESISTANT TB CAN BE TREATED.