The best way to remember to take your medicine is to get directly
observed therapy (DOT).DOT is the standard of care. If you get
DOT, you will meet with a health care worker every day or several
times a week. You will meet at a place you both agree on. This
can be the TB clinic, your home or work, or any other convenient
location. You will take your medicine at this place.
DOT helps in several ways. The health care worker can help you
remember to take your medicine and complete your treatment. This
means you will get well as soon as possible. With DOT, you may
need to take medicine only 2 or 3 times each week instead of every
day. The health care worker will make sure that the medicine is
working as it should. This person will also watch for side effects
and answer questions you have about TB.
Even if you are not getting DOT, you must be checked at different
times to make sure everything is going well. You should see your
doctor or nurse regularly while you are taking your medicine.
This will continue until you are cured.