Remicade and Anitbiotics

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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 5/16/2009 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey All!
I have my 4th Remicade infusion coming up on May 26th and have recently run into a little bit of trouble. I have been struggling with a cold for the past week now and cant seem to shake it off. Today I developed an ear infection and the doctor prescribed me some antibiotics to take for the next 10 days. Now I remember hearing somewhere that I am not suppose to take antibiotics for 10 days prior to and 10 days after my remicade infusion.... is this true? If I start the medication today... it would take me right till the day before my infusion. Will have I have to postpone my infusion? If I do take the antibiotics... what will it do if I recieve my Remicade anyways?
Any information that anyone has for me about this topic would be great! Im at a loss for what to do.
Thanks everyone!!
21 yrs old.
diagnosed April 2008 - have been in an active flare since. 
Prednisone - daily maintenance dose of 20mg. (4pills)
Salofalk - 4500mg daily (9pills).
Iron - 900mg daily (3 pills).
Calcium - 1000mg daily (2pills).
Allergic to Imuran and Sulfa drugs.
Have had 3 Remicade infusions.

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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 5/17/2009 9:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I have heard something about that as well. I don't know the details either I would check with your GI. I know that every time I go to get my infusion they ask me if I have been ill at all. I was wondering if you have tried any natural cures for your ear infection? Here are some ideas if you are interested. I have successfully gotten over lots of sinus infections with the use of more homepathic method which has made my life a lot easier:) I wish you the best.

You can go to your local health food store do you have a Vitamin Cottage or Whole foods where you are?

Try this link for possible ear infection remedies:Garlic has been very helpful to me in many areas since it is a natural antibiotic.

Try the link below for sinus issue including colds!
Female, Left-sided colitis diagnosed at age 28 in 2001
Currently, I am in a terrible flare after taking Augmentin (antibiotic)
Trying to drink Glucerna for nourishment but even that upsets my stomach sometimes.
All my meds are approved by the doc. for breastfeeding but they still make me nervous.
3.5mg Low Dose Naltrexone (Stopped taking, didn't have time to wait for it to work), Prednisone 40mg, Zoloft, Asocal (but they are going straight through), enemas=hydrocortisone, Meselamine, vitamin E suppositories (I can bearly hold enemas in and they irritate). Prenatal vitamins, Juice Plus, Expecta DHA,Emergen C, VSL $$$$$ ( (Not taking all of my supplements right now they hurt too badly) Starting 1st Remicade infusion as of 2/24/09.

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Date Joined Feb 2005
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   Posted 5/17/2009 11:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't think you should have a problem, but do check with you doc. I usually try to ask for Zpack which is a quick course of antibiotics; it's hits it strong, but it's a shorter duration of time I have to take them. I email my doc some unusual questions but I always feel better after I ask! :-) Better to be informed, I say!

Remicade - will have my 29th infusion on July 8
Vitamin B-12/Biotin, Probiotics, Vitamin D-3 (2000 IU)
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