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Is treatment of TB safe during and after pregnancy?

Q: I am a 35 years old woman. About six months back, I was diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) of endometrium (uterus inner lining). Then, I was put on AKT-4. Before the completion of two months of taking AKT-4, I got to know that I was pregnant. The doctor immediately discontinued AKT-4 and started R-cinex 450. Now, I am into my fifth month of pregnancy. Recently, I had TB Feron test, which confirmed tuberculosis. Will the continuation of R-cinex affect my pregnancy?

A:It is safe. The treatment of TB is for minimum 6 months and after that activity needs to be checked out and if necessary treatment for another 6-12 months can be given. At birth the baby too will need to be tested for activity, BCG given and if necessary, single drug treatment with INH to the baby - after consultation with paediatrician. Breastfeeding too can be done, taking care that mother uses precautions to avoid infecting the baby.


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