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What happens when the TB course is discontinued ?

Hi all, My fiancy is continuing her TB madicine course. During the course she had some other problem. So doctor asked to stop the TB medicine 4 a week. Even the course was over almost one month, he prescribed fresh neglecting the last month course. When she approached to another doctor, he included the last one month also and suggested the medicine. So we are confused whom to believe. Can any one suggest what happens when the course is dicsontinued.
Sun, 6 Dec 2009
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Dear friend, firstly, do not take the disease lightly, secondly never to stop the anti TB medicines , once started . if the patient had some drug reaction, or drug induced jaundice, then de sensitization to anti TB drugs followed by full course of Rx for 6 to 9 months is necessary. stopping and restarting for no significant reason leads to multiple drug resistance, which is difficult to treat TB and the patient also spreads  the MDR TB to other innocent people. better have a follow up check with X-rays and sputum examinations if  the patient has lung TB. remember, in TB only thing that cures it is regular medicines.

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If she has had some problem then it is better not to follow the first one. Also if the new regime is started, it has to be started afresh, so let her continue the second ne completely.

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