Can tuberculosis be cured?

Yes, TB can be cured, even in people with HIV infection. Drugs used to treat TB infection and disease include isoniazid (Hyzyd®), rifampin (Rifadin®), ethambutol (Myambutol®), pyrazinamide (Zinamide®), and a combination of isoniazid and rifapentine.

You must take all of the medication your doctor tells you to, or else not all of the bacteria will be killed. You will have to take these medications for as long as you are told—sometimes up to 9 months.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 11/09/2018.

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