Hi all-Damo's post seems to ask the question I've been wondering, especially for those who are on prednisone. Forgive me if I should have started a different post. Three months ago, I was put on azythromycin (sounds like the same 'family' as your antibiotic, Damo) and it seemed as if my colitis flared back up while on the antibiotic to the point of having blood up to 18 times a day and then being placed on prednisone (which I finished this past Tuesday!) I guess this is the c. diff.??
However, and this is how my post ties in with Damo's: upon tapering from 5 mg daily to every other day to every three days.....BRONCHITIS reared it's ugly head and alas, I'm back on another antibiotic as well as a 6 day pred pack. I am hoping the pred will not only help the inflammation in my bronchial tubes, but also work towards preventing a flare. I had the same symptoms the first two days of the antibiotic---urgency, diahrea, etc. However, that has stopped as of yesterday. The antibiotic is generic for biaxin (?).
My question is the same about
our immune systems AND I'm wondering how many on pred who taper do end up with an illness. Even the pred medication pack says that pred will 'mask' illnesses and will hinder the body from effectively warding off infections.
Is this a never ending cycle? Is it because of our faulty immune systems? I am trying to think positive, but also want the truth. I don't want to have another flare during the time I stop the pred pack and finish the antibiotic. Then, to get back on pred and have an illness masked, blah, blah, blah.
Pancolitis diagnosed 5/07
4 Lialda/day since 8/01/07
Started 40 mg. Prednisone for 2 wks on 9/16/07 and tapering by 5mg per week
40, 35, 30, 25, 20, 15, 10, 5, 5 every other day, 5 every three days, and DONE as of 11/26/07 for pancolitis. Placed on pred pack for 5 days for bronchitis on 11/27 decreasing daily from 60mg, 50mg, 40mg, 30mg, 20mg, 10mg and 5 mg.