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Which treatment works the best and fastest for mycobacterium tuberculosis infection?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Vibrio parahemo...: Generally supportive treatment is sufficient, i.e. Replacing fluids to prevent dehydration from diarrhea fluid loss. Antibiotics may be used in prolonged cases. Which antibiotic (tetracycline/ampicillin/ciprofloxacin) depends on the microbe's antibiotic sensitivity pattern.
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
For TB: Treatment is empiric at first, most commonly using four drugs to avoid the development of resistant organisms. After testing of the bug (which can take 8 weeks), treatment can be narrowed to two drugs to which it is susceptible, but continued for a total of 6 months (at least). Treatment of TB works best when it is administered under direct supervision of a qualified public health official.

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What's the best treatment to get rid of mycobacterium tuberculosis infection?

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Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Milleranswered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
Multi-drug therapy: Mycobacterium tuberculosis is the bacterium that causes tuberculosis. This was the among the most common causes of lung disease in the early 20th century when it was called "consumption." Nowadays it is unusual in the US but still common in the 3rd world and very serious. Treatment is a regimen of 2 to 4 drugs for many months. Resistant strains are cropping up, which complicates matters greatly.
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Adding to what my colleague has said, treatment should be supervised by public health providers and will be given free of charge in the US. The best way to fight emergence of resistant strains is to take the right drugs, for the right duration in the right dose. This requires testing the bug for susceptibility and follow up cultures. Don't mess with TB. see an expert if you are unsure.
Mar 5, 2012

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