Will your GI prescribe an Antibiotic for Resp Infection?

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   Posted 1/27/2009 6:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
Well im due to see my GI in a few days and im wondering if any of you kindly asked your gastroenterologist to help you with any respiratory infections (strep, bronchitis) that you may have gotten. I am on remicade and methotrexate (but have stopped for now), and I have visited one primary doc at a regular walk-in clinic and he prescribed an inhaler that did not help my airway at all. It is feeling inflammed (possibly bronchitis), with no cough, but a fever and achy muscles. So I was wondering if it wouldn't be too insulting for him to check me up alittle on my 'cold' symptoms? I do find it alittle difficult explaining all my immunosuppressant drugs to family doctors. Anyone with this experience?

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   Posted 1/27/2009 7:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, ASK...it's your gastro's job to follow through with ANY infections you have. Sounds as though maybe you could use some breathing treatments along with the inhaler and possible antibiotics to help you through this. If you are someone who CAN tolerate dairy products....stay away from them while you are trying to kick the "cold". It makes the mucus thicker and harder to hack out.
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   Posted 1/27/2009 9:33 PM (GMT -7)   
My GI or his PA often prescribed meds to deal with upper respiratory complications when I was on Remicade. Go ahead and ask!
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   Posted 1/28/2009 3:24 AM (GMT -7)   
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   Posted 1/28/2009 6:35 AM (GMT -7)   
My GI gives me most of my prescriptions, even allergy pills.
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   Posted 1/28/2009 8:23 AM (GMT -7)   
GIs all complete a full three-year residency in internal medicine before they do their GI fellowship, and most are happy and fully qualified to deal with general medical practice/primary care situations, or refer you to specialists in other areas just as a primary care physician would. Most also prefer to handle such issues directly rather than hand yuo off to another primary care doc who may not be familiar with the meds you are on for Crohns. Just ask.

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   Posted 1/28/2009 11:54 AM (GMT -7)   
My old one wouldn't. He made it quite clear to me that he only deals with the guts, and even when it comes to Crohn's, will only deal with the intestinal symptoms of it. Not all the other things it can effect. Which is one reason why I've dropped him. I'd think a good GI would, yes!
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   Posted 1/28/2009 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
When my daughter is on two pills of Entocort, she tends to get respiratory infections - has been prescribed Zithromax, which clears up the infection and doesn't seem to exacerbate Crohn's. On one pill Entocort, her body seems to be able to fight off these infections without antibiotic. 
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