Cambridge scientists find heartburn remedies can speed up TB treatment

Researchers at the University of Cambridge in England have found that over-the-counter drugs commonly used to treat heartburn, reflux and gastritis can shorten the time it takes to treat TB.

Scientists tested many available over-the-counter drugs that block human cell membrane pumps and found that proton pump inhibitors such as omeprazole, pantoprazole, lansoprazole, rabeprazole, can not only speed up the process of treating tuberculosis, but also reduce the likelihood that bacteria, causing the disease will become resistant to antibiotics.


“The potential for repurposing cheap and readily available drugs to speed up the treatment of TB could have a huge impact on public health worldwide, and we look forward to further research related to this discovery.” scientists say.

Because the study was conducted on cells, experts cannot yet recommend heartburn drugs as a proven treatment for TB. Further human trials are needed to see if these drugs are really effective in fighting the bacteria that cause tuberculosis. previously talked about tuberculosis test before the first symptoms appear.

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