Even though you feel well and healthy with latent tuberculosis infection, a healthcare provider may still suggest treatment to make sure you do not develop tuberculosis.
Your healthcare provider will talk to you about the sort of treatment you need.
The type of treatment for LTBI usually depends on your age and other health problems.
Medicines used to treat latent tuberculosis
Your healthcare provider may offer you medicine. You will need to take the medicine for several months. How long you need treatment depends on the type of medicine used.
During this time, a healthcare provider will see you every month. Even though you feel perfectly well, you need to take your medicine every day — or exactly as your healthcare provider advises.
If you do not take your medicine regularly, it may not kill the bacteria.
The type of medicine used to treat latent tuberculosis will depend on an assessment by your healthcare provider of:
- how likely it is that you will progress to active tuberculosis disease
- how well you could manage the treatment
- the effectiveness of the antibiotics
- whether it is likely to interact with other medicines you may be taking.
Talk with your healthcare provider if you are worried about latent tuberculosis, your treatment or side effects.
If you are not given medicine
If your healthcare provider does not give you medicine, they will tell you about the early signs of tuberculosis to watch for. If you think you have any of these signs in the future, see a healthcare provider immediately.
If you are not sure what to do, call Healthline for free advice on 0800 611 116