Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDRTB) infections that continue to increase in frequency globally have progressed to become extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDRTB). The therapeutic problems associated with MDRTB pale in comparison to those for XDRTB where mortality is high. This mini-review highlights the evidence that supports the use of the phenothiazine neuroleptic thioridazine for the therapy of XDRTB. Although thioridazine does produce some serious side-effects, the poor prognosis associated with an XDRTB infection of a patient that presents with AIDS merits that the use of thioridazine for therapy of XDRTB is seriously considered. A recommended protocol is presented.
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 1 2012|
- Drug-resistant tuberculosis
- Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)