Prevention is the best option

Health tips for taking tuberculosis drugs and for early detection of side effects.

Consells de salut per prendre la medicació antituberculosa a Vall d'Hebron

The only way of effectively curing tuberculosis and preventing others from catching it is through treatment based on combining different antibiotics for a minimum of six months. The symptoms of tuberculosis often disappear quickly, but the disease may come back if medication is not taken correctly and for the time indicated.


What do you need to bear in mind if you take tuberculosis (TB) drugs or if you want to detect side effects early?

Currently, tuberculosis (TB) drugs are safe and effective, and the majority of people take them without any problems. In some cases side effects may appear, so it is important to follow the treatment plan under supervision and see a doctor in case of doubt.
Once treatment begins, and to make sure it has the desired result, follow the instructions below:
  • Take medicine on an empty stomach (30 minutes before breakfast). 
  • Do not take it alongside any antacids or gastric protectors. 
  • If you are diabetic or have gout, tell your doctor. 
  • The medication may cancel out the effect of hormonal contraceptives; where required, you will need to take other measures to avoid pregnancy. 
  • Tell medical personnel about any other medication you may be taking. 
  • Even if you feel better, continue treatment for the time indicated. If for any reason you are not able to take your medication, tell medical personnel beforehand. 
  • The use of other medicines (cough medicine, antipyretics, natural remedies, etc.) may result in intolerances (digestive, kidney, etc.). It is important that you consult your doctor before taking any other medication. 
  • Do not drink alcoholic drinks during treatment. 
  • Use high factor sun cream when exposed to sunlight. 



Urine, faeces, sweat and tears may be red/orange in colour. This change is normal and will disappear when the treatment comes to an end.


Advise medical personnel if you have any of these symptoms

  • Loss of appetite 
  • Nausea 
  • Diarrhoea 
  • Abdominal pain 
  • Gastric discomfort 
  • Eyes or skin become pale 
  • Joint pain or inflammation (knees, ankles, etc.) or significant
  • skin outbreaks 
  • Blurred vision or changes in perception of colours
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