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Medications for tuberculosis and diabetes

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My husband complains of extreme pain in the feet after starting with TB treatment. He is also a Diabetic sufferer.What pain medication would you suggest.

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replied January 5th, 2010
Tuberculosis Answer A8909
Hi and welcome to the forum! I am glad that I can help you.

You would like to know which medications your husband my use while he experiences extreme pain after starting with TB treatment.

Tuberculosis is caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It appears in individuals who either have a weakened immune system or have a poor diet. It is diagnosed with a positive bacterial culture. It is treated with tuberculostatic medications such as isoniazid, rifampin, ethambutol, etc. Most of these medications have side effects. These medications have interactions with most of the other medication, so they should be taken with strict control and under supervision.

Given the data of extreme pain in the feet, diabetes and TB treatment, it is likely that the pain is caused by the diabetes but worsened by the anti-TB medications. This pain may be treated with analgetics, but conditions such as limb ischemia and gangrene may appear. He may consider seeing an endocrinologist to strengthen the control of diabetes. He may want to see an infectologist who has specialized in TB diagnosis and treatment for further advice about what kind of pain killers your husband may take.

Please keep in mind that I provide medical information only. I am not able to diagnose medical conditions online. Please contact your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider such as an endocrinologist and an infectologist for further advice about the type of pain killers that your husband may take.

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