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Rifampicin is an antibiotic drug used to treat tuberculosis. It also treats mycobacterium avium complex and leprosy. It works by inhibiting bacterial DNA-dependent RNA synthesis by inhibiting bacterial DNA-dependent RNA polymerase. The side effects of this medicine are fever, rashes, eye swelling, shortness of breath, and sore throat.

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My father has multidrug-resistant tuberculosis and weakness. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My father is recently been diagnosed with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. He is 67 years old. He is becoming very weak and ill has almost lost strength and is having difficulty in walking. He is taking Rifampin and Bedaquiline. Is there any other way to manage this? We are apprehens...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern for your father's condition. Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is a severe form of TB that is resistant to at least Isoniazid and Rifampicin, the two most effective first-line anti-TB drugs. Bedaquiline and Rifampin are part of the tre...  Read Full »

I have been diagnosed with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. Help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 45-year-old male, and I have recently been diagnosed with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. My doctor has prescribed a combination of medications, including Rifampin and Bedaquiline. Can you provide more information about the treatment plan for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis? ...  Read Full »

Dr. Chibitam Hope Obia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for reaching out to us. I am sorry about your medical condition. Multidrug-resistant TB is caused by Tuberculous bacteria that are resistant to at least Isoniazid and Rifampin, which are the two most potent tuberculous drugs that can fight against mycobacteria...  Read Full »

Will replacing Ethambutol with vitamin B12 injection help in diminishing vision problem?

Query: Hello doctor, Patient is a 61 year-old female. Six months ago she was diagnosed with bone TB and undergoing medication (Ethambutol, Rifampicin, and Isoniazid). After six months of usage, her eye vision is suddenly diminishing. Then her doctor told to discontinue Ethambutol immediately and started u...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I passed carefully through your question and reviewed your uploaded MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) report. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I would explain that these MRI findings (T2 hyperintensity in the optic nerve and the optic chiasm) are in...  Read Full »

Is the Mantoux test advised for my kid's cough and cold?

Query: Hi doctor, My kid is 2.5 years old. She keeps getting cough and cold every month. She is very sensitive to weather change. We consulted a local doctor and he advised for Mantoux test. The report says that the erythema and induration developed around 18x16 mm area after 48 hours. What does it mean? A...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepak Patel

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Recurrent episodes of cough and cold occur when the child has decreased immunity due to some illness or it could be a symptom of tuberculosis. Mantoux test of more than 10x10 mm is suggestive of tuberculosis. In your child, it is 18x16 mm which is strongly positive. In tu...  Read Full »

What are the treatment options for CSR in the eye?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 44 years old. I have CSR in my right eye. Please tell some solution other than laser treatment. Also, I see floaters in both eyes.  Read Full »

Dr. Asif Manzoor

Answer: Hi, Welcome to In simple words, CSCR is disease of the retina in which fluid is collected under the retina (central serous chorioretinopathy). It is common in people with stress and taking steroids. If it is the first time, then treatment is not advised until three months as in majori...  Read Full »

I coughed blood and am being treated for TB. I need expert advise.

Query: Hello doctor, I was positive for hepatitis B four years ago, and recently I was rushed to the hospital for coughing up blood from my lungs. The CT chest shows that there are some bleeding areas in my lungs. The Gene expert test shows that I have very low tuberculosis. My kidneys are normal and my li...  Read Full »

Dr. Pawar Satyajit Jalinder

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As your gene Xpert report (attachment removed to protect patient identity) shows you have been tested positive for MTB which is sensitive to Rifampicin. Means you have pulmonary tuberculosis and it is sensitive to first-line drugs. The standard treatment in this case...  Read Full »

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