Most TB patients complete their treatment without any significant drug side-effects. However, a few patients do develop side-effects. So clinical monitoring of all TB patients for side-effects is important during TB treatment. Routine laboratory monitoring is not necessary.

Health personnel monitor patients for drug side-effects by:

a) teaching patients and their family members how to recognise symptoms of common side-effects, and to report if patients develop such symptoms;

b) asking specifically about these symptoms when they see all patients at least monthly during treatment.

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