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I feel fine. Do I really need to take medicine for latent TB infection?

I feel fine. Do I really need to take medicine for latent TB infection?

Yes because: The idea of treating latent TB is to make sure it never becomes active. If it ever becomes active, you will get really really sick. Better to take one drug for 9 months, then be deathly ill taking 4 drugs. ...Read more

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Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infection (Definition)

Mycobacterium tuberculosis is an infectious organism that spreads by droplets coughed out by an infected person. Infection is established initially in lungs, but can spread within lungs & to other body parts, or can become latent, with reactivation occurring years to decades later. With effective treatment, it can be completely eliminated although drug resistant ...Read more


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Why do I need to take TB medicine for a long time?

Why do I need to take TB medicine for a long time?

Slow growth: Tb is different from other bacteria in that it grows very slowly. That's why antibiotics have to be in the body in a sustained fashion to kill every sleeping bug and prevent recurrence or resistance. This takes 9 months to a year of treatment. ...Read more

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Would anything happen if i prescribe zithromax for myself and i dont actually have chalmydia or if i tKe flagyl and i dont have a yeast infection ?

Would anything happen if i prescribe zithromax for myself and i dont actually have chalmydia or if i tKe flagyl and i dont have a yeast infection ?

Not recommended.: It is never recommended to self prescribe antibiotics. Inappropriate antibiotic use has led to the serious problem of resistant bacterial infections. This practice could also lead to allergic reactions, undesirable side effects, and interference with testing when you aren't getting better. Flagyl, by the way, is not used to treat yeast infections. ...Read more

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I have esoniphillis pneumonia and don't want to take steroid what else can I take?

I have esoniphillis pneumonia and don't want to take steroid what else can I take?

Fluticasone: is an inhaled rather than oral /sytemic steroid. Most of it stays in the pulmonary tissue where it is able to work effectively. ...Read more

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Have heard you get sick while first taking fluoxetine. I'm too scared to take my meds. What am I supposed to do if I throw up the medicine if sick?

Have heard you get sick while first taking fluoxetine. I'm too scared to take my meds. What am I supposed to do if I throw up the medicine if sick?

Take the medicine: Fear of a potential side effect shouldn't stop you from taking the medication in the first place. Your doctor has taken the time to consider all risks/benefits, and has determined that the benefits far outweigh the risks of things like side effects. Plus, most people I've treated with fluoxetine did fine, and only had side effects (if any at all) after at least several days or weeks. ...Read more

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Certain I have kidney infec feel quite ill have had a non stop fever for 36 hours cnt get to docs til mon what can I do at home to make me feel better?

Certain I have kidney infec feel quite ill have had a non stop fever for 36 hours cnt get to docs til mon what can I do at home to make me feel better?

Infection: If you really have infection unless you get antibiotics, you are at risk of getting worse. You really have to go to your doctor. Go to urgent care of go to the er for treatment please do. ...Read more

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My doctor told me last week I have an under active thyroid and i need to take medicine for it? What kind of meds do I need?

My doctor told me last week I have an under active thyroid and i need to take medicine for it? What kind of meds do I need?

Levothyroxine: The best form of thyroid replacement is levothyroxine. A common "brand" is synthroid, but there are a number of generics. They are all fairly inexpensive. Once you get started on one of these, try to stick with the same brand and take it at the same time of day. Your doctor may need to make some dose adjustments after your initial starting dose. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been taking Macrobid for a bladder infection for 2 days now..its working but not great. should I worry?

What to do if I have been taking Macrobid for a bladder infection for 2 days now..its working but not great. should I worry?

Give it more time: Your symptoms should be nearly completely resolved within a few days after starting an antibiotic. If you are not continuing to improve after a few more days, a different antibiotic might be required. ...Read more

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As soon as i eat i need to use the rest room, docs i went to said it's ibs. What do I have to do to get rid of it.I have it for years & im tired of it?

As soon as i eat i need to use the rest room, docs i went to said it's ibs. What do I have to do to get rid of it.I have it for years & im tired of it?

Sure it's IBS?: I understand your frustration! but, perhaps you can help us help you by telling us what tests have been done ; what medications have been tried over the years of evaluation. No sense having us recommend to you studies you've already accomplished, treatments that you've already failed, or offer possible alternative diagnoses that have already been considered and ruled out. ...Read more

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I have the flu but I need to go to class tomorrow . I'm on tamiflu (oseltamivir) but is there anything else I can do to help me feel more active and betterfaster ?

I have the flu but I need to go to class tomorrow . I'm on tamiflu (oseltamivir) but is there anything else I can do to help me feel more active and betterfaster ?

Stay home: Unless you are happy about giving this disease to anyone coming in contact with you, sit this one out. You shed flu virus heavily in the week after symptoms start. For some it is a minor problem, but people old/young/middle aged die every year from complications. ...Read more

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I have been taking depression medicine for years. I don't think it helps anymore. Certain things send me into a deep depression for days. What should i?

I have been taking depression medicine for years. I don't think it helps anymore. Certain things send me into a deep depression for days. What should i?

See a psychiatrist: It sounds a form of depression that is called chronic, treatment-refractory depression. It's been going on for a very long time and you are clearly suffering. If you are able to see a psychiatrist for an evaluation, that would be my first recommendation. If you are already seeing one, then i would discuss. There are augmenting medications to help with antidepressants that aren't working. ...Read more

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I take zoloaf . Do I have to take it every day? Im confused .Is it something i can take when needed or do I have to keep i level for it to work?

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I take zoloaf . Do I have to take it every day? Im confused .Is it something i can take when needed or do I have to keep i level for it to work?

Go see your doctor: I believe you're referring to zoloft, (sertraline) an antidepressant & anxiolytic. If so, you really need to address your question to your prescribing physician. Ask him/her why you're taking it, what's expected benefit, what're common and/or dangerous side effects, and how you're supposed to take it i.e. Daily or as needed. This applies to any patient receiving medication from provider. In general, take daily. ...Read more

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I'm almost sure I have a yeast infection. I have medicine but I would like to know how long I take the medicine?

Depends on medicatio: If you are taking over the counter yeast medication then follow the directions for use written on the box. Different medications have different timelines. If you are taking prescription yeast medication the follow the instructions on the package. ...Read more

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I have a high tolerance for pain, but every pain medicine that I am prescribed my body becomes immune to it. What do I need to do?

I have a high tolerance for pain, but every pain medicine that I am prescribed my body becomes immune to it. What do I need to do?

See Pain Doc: Generally tolerance or "immunity" to pain meds comes with intermittent high doses of these medications rather than using a constant low dose like what you would get from a prolonged release or extended release medication. Switching to a long acting or using smaller doses more often can cause some withdrawal like symptoms which requires some expertise to manage. You need to see pain doc. ...Read more

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Hi I think I do need some help because sometime I don't feel well and I take some medicine what doctor given me even not quicker I do who like see me?

More information!: Your question is not clear. Please list the name of the medicine you take in your profile and the condition that it is treating. Be more specific about what is bothering you, please. Ask someone fluent in English to help you phrase this, if you can. Or proofread your question to e sure it makes sense, if your device misinterpreted your words. ...Read more

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I have very serious cold and has taken me months to cure but to no avail what do I do or can u give me a prescription, am dying pls?

I have very serious cold and has taken me months to cure but to no avail what do I do or can u give me a prescription, am dying pls?

Rx: This is a site for advise, no doctor can make prescription in this site. Cold do not last months, think about allergy, sinus infection, or asthma? Please see a doctor. ...Read more

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I have a cold. Should I wait till I get better to take the ppd shot/tuberculosis shot?

I have a cold. Should I wait till I get better to take the ppd shot/tuberculosis shot?

Doesn't matter: One can get a PPD skin test regardless of whether or not she has a cold. Regarding TB testing, sometimes getting a Quantiferon TB blood test is more accurate or more desirable than a PPD skin test (one's primary care doctor can advise on that). For example, a person who has had a BCG shot and has not had a negative PPD test since the BCG shot, might want to do the blood test instead of a PPD test. ...Read more

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I've have a chronic yeast infection for years that I can't get rid of. I take ointment for it and herbs, but won't go away. What should I do?

Unlikely chronic. : There should be no such thing as a chronic yeast infection. In case you have a resistant strain a culture should be taken. Or perhaps you keep getting it. There are ways to prevent it. Talk to one of the gynecologist and I'm sure they can point you in the right direction. ...Read more

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I have a bacterial throat infection, I am in so much pain! what else can I do to help make me feel better besides the antibiotics.?

I have a bacterial throat infection, I am in so much pain! what else can I do to help make me feel better besides the antibiotics.?

Remedies: Saltwater gargles are very helpful. Mix a teaspoon of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle with this several times a day. You can gargle with Aloe Vera juice a couple of times per day. A mixture of chamomile tea with honey & a small amount of lemon juice is good. Pour boiling water over thinly sliced organic ginger. Steep for at least five minutes in a covered pot. Add 2 to 3 tbs of honey & sip. ...Read more

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I feel fine. Do I really need to take medicine for latent TB infection?

Yes because: The idea of treating latent TB is to make sure it never becomes active. If it ever becomes active, you will get really really sick. Better to take one drug for 9 months, then be deathly ill taking 4 drugs. ...Read more

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Is there anyway to test latent TB infection for drug resistance before starting treatment?...and i have asthma and allergies and have a cough sometimes...should i do anymore test before starting treatment?...complete negative chest xray...

Is there anyway to test latent TB infection for drug resistance before starting treatment?...and i have asthma and allergies and have a cough sometimes...should i do anymore test before starting treatment?...complete negative chest xray...

Don't think so: Latent tuberculosis means there are no signs nor symptoms of TB, but only a positive screening test. Doctors wouldn't be able to locate and collect the bacteria to grow in the lab to test for drug resistance. If the screening test was a skin test and the doctor feels a blood test is needed, the doctor might order a TB blood test. Patients who had a BCG shot get more accurate screening from blood. ...Read more

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Should i take medication for inactive/latent tuberculosis infection?

Should i take medication for inactive/latent tuberculosis infection?

Do you have it?: That's a hard question to answer based on the information you've provided. If you have a positive skin test or blood test for latent tb, the indications for treatment depend on your age, your other medical conditions, your risk of having true latent infection, and the strength of the reaction (e.g. Size of the positive skin test). This is something you should discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Should someone take medication for an inactive/latent tuberculosis infection?

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Should someone take medication for an inactive/latent tuberculosis infection?

Yes: Prophylactic treatment, e.g., administration of isoniazid for 9 months, can prevent activation of latent TB. ...Read more

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What is latent TB infection?

What is latent TB infection?

A dormant infection: Latent TB is when someone gets TB and the body is able to suppress the infection but not fully get rid of the organism. They are then "dormant". When your immune system gets compromised or weakened the infection can "wake up" and reactive and become active again. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have latent TB infection (ltbi)?

Dormant infection: Latent TB means you have been exposed to TB somehow, and its dormant (sleeping) in your body, suppressed by your immune system, but not fully removed. ...Read more

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Can I spend time with family and friends if I have latent TB infection?

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Can I spend time with family and friends if I have latent TB infection?

Sure: Latent TB is a dormant form of infection, and affected individual does not infect contacts. It should be remembered, however, that latent TB can be reactivated when on long term steroid treatment or on any immunosuppressives. ...Read more

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If I have latent TB infection, how can I keep from developing active TB disease?

If I have latent TB infection, how can I keep from developing active TB disease?

Antibiotics: If you are 35 or less, it is recommended to take prophylactic antibiotics. If you are older than 35, the risk of taking the antibiotic is higher and outweighs the benefits of taking it. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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What is directly observed therapy for latent TB infection (ltbi)?

DOT: When someone from the health authorities checks regularly that the person is taking the prescribed medications to ensure compliance. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for latent TB infection (ltbi)?

Visit CDC.gov: http://www.cdc.gov/tb/publications/factsheets/treatment/ltbitreatmentoptions.htm if pt is less that 35 years may receive inh (isoniazide) 5 mg/kg or 300 mg/d for 9 months but other meds may be used ( rifampin). It is recommended to give piridoxine 50 mg ad to prevent neuropathy by it. There are other regiments & the amount of months of therapy vary. It is also recommended the tx to be supervised. ...Read more

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How likely will my latent tuberculosis develop into a full fledged infection during my lifetime?

How likely will my latent tuberculosis develop into a full fledged infection during my lifetime?

12%: That is on average. This risk varies with age at exposure and presence of other medical conditions, if HIV is present, risk is 50%. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of a person living with ltbi (latent tuberculosis infection)?

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What is the life expectancy of a person living with ltbi (latent tuberculosis infection)?

No adverse effect: Latent TB infection is not expected to affect the life expectancy of an infected individual unless latent TB becomes activated. ...Read more

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Can a latent TB pateint take mass gainer .? First in chest nd then glands in neck but nw treatment is over nd fit and fine

Mass gainers: These dietary supplements do not generally contain anything that would affect your immune status. As long as the material you are ingesting does not have steroids you should be fine vis a vis the potential for reactivating tuberculosis. ...Read more

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Recently been put on inh due to a latent tb. Any drug interactions?

Recently been put on inh due to a latent tb. Any drug interactions?

Several: Avoid drugs that can harm your liver, including Acetaminophen (tylenol) and alcohol. There are also interactions with some antidepressants, antifungal drugs, and drugs used to treat seizures. People with HIV should avoid drugs that cause neuropathy (stavudine, didanosine). Talk to your doctor or pharmacists about the medications you take. ...Read more

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What medication can I take for latent tb?

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What medication can I take for latent tb?

3 TX options: 1. Daily administration of Isoniazid for 9 months or 2. Daily administration of Rifampin for 6 months or 3. Once-weekly (only under directly observed therapy) administration of Isoniazid and long-active rifamycin for 12 weeks. ...Read more

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Someone told me she has latent TB&takes medication for 8 months.Is it normal?I thought latent TB patients take medication for 3-6 months?Active TB?

Someone told me she has latent TB&takes medication for 8 months.Is it normal?I thought latent TB patients take medication for 3-6 months?Active TB?

6 or 9 months: Isoniazid treatment for having latent TB (such as having a positive Quantiferon TB test result) after getting exposed to TB... is usually 6 months or 9 months of medication. ...Read more

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I have latent tb, is it okay to take hepatitis b vacinne?

I have latent tb, is it okay to take hepatitis b vacinne?

Yes: Latent TB means you have a positive skin test or interferon release test such as quantiferon TB gold with no signs of active disease. In this situation it is perfectly safe to get the hep. B vaccine. ...Read more

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If my TB skin test ran positive but i've never had tuberculosis, does that mean I have latent tb? And do I have to take antiobiotics if I do have it?

If my TB skin test ran positive but i've never had tuberculosis, does that mean I have latent tb? And do I have to take antiobiotics if I do have it?

Possible exposure.: If PPD is positive than you need a screening chest xray. If xray negative than 9 months of one med inh should be taken to prevent activation of possible dormant tb. ...Read more

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Any medications without RX for RA???My flares are back today, hands shoulders,knee are swelling and painful, can`t take prednisone. have Latent TB.

RA: Today there are many treatment options for RA. Many of the drugs do lower the immune response and may predispose to infections such as TB. Nevertheless, rheumatologists are able to mitigate these side effects even in patients with latent TB. We sometimes recommend anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen for flares. I do recommend consulting a rheumatologist and would be happy to do a consult wit ...Read more

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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Tuberculosis (Definition)

A potentially serious infectious bacterial disease that mainly affects the lungs, but can ...Read more