Antibiotics and UC Meds

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4Johanna
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   Posted 12/10/2007 9:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I went to the doctor about 3 weeks ago when I was having bad case of bronchitis. I have a history of respiratory problems, so I take this things more seriously than most. He gave me Zithromax and sent me on my way. The antibiotics gave me no discernible improvement on the bronchitis, and now, I think I have pneumonia (Dr. appt this afternoon). I am taking Colazal and Entocort for my UC. I am wondering if these meds interacted with the antibiotics and that is why my bronchitis failed to improve. Thoughts?
Zach

Diagnosed with U/C in 1997
Remission 1998-2002
Constant struggle ever since
Currently taking:
Colazal 3-3x/day
Entocort 1/day
Canasa 1/day
Proctofoam 1/day


tjf
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   Posted 12/10/2007 10:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I am the queen of the sinus/ear infection combo. I have been on every type of antibiotic under the sun. This happened to me last time..the first antibiotic I got didn't work so I had to do another week of another one. You may just need something different and/or stronger.

I am sorry you are sick. My 2 1/2 year old just recovered from pneumonia. I know pediatric care is different but he was given an antibiotic shot and then regular antibiotics. Hope you feel better soon! Oh and make sure you are taking your probiotics!
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AlabamaBabs
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   Posted 12/10/2007 4:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi 4Johanna, I just got over a 'bout' of bronchitis, after having had sinus infection several months earlier.  I was initially presrcibed avelox and it did not help, at all!  I called and my GP then prescribed clarithromycin (sp?) the alternative for biaxin.  I was initially skeptical, thinking it would be too strong and mess with my UC.  I was also prescribed the prednisone pack along with the clarithromycin after having just tapered off the pred.  Again, I was skeptical. HOWEVER, the combo worked, along with a decongestant. It took a good two weeks to feel back to 'normal.'  Hang in there and REST, REST,REST!  Bronchitis is no fun.  I haven't felt that bad from a respiratory ailment in ages!  Take care and let your doc know how you feel about it all. 
AlabamaBabs
Pancolitis diagnosed 5/07 
4 Lialda/day since 8/01/07
Started 40 mg. Prednisone on 9/16/07 and DONE as of 11/26/07!


princesscolon
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   Posted 12/10/2007 4:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Zach,
Are you taking probiotics? I have heard that probiotics can affect the effectiveness of antibiotics. I know someone who had an ear infection and was taking the probiotics as to not have a flare while taking the antibiotics. She couldn't get well. She stopped taking the probiotics and the antibiotics worked. Who knows if it was a coincidence or not...
Diagnosed with Left-sided Ulcerative Colitis 1995 at 15
Tried: Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocortisone Enemas, Proctofoam, Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Canasa, Enotcourt, Colazol, Proctocort, Anamantle...
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis with rectal fistula in 2004, put on Remicade
2007: Increased Remicade dosage to 660mg every 6 weeks, diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis and Fibromyalgia
Current meds: Remicade 660mgs every 6 wks, Lomotil, Tramadol, Darvocet, Clorazepate, new meds I am about to start: Prograf, Cymbalta, Lyrica


princesscolon
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   Posted 12/10/2007 4:54 PM (GMT -7)   
What happened at your doctor appointment?

Diagnosed with Left-sided Ulcerative Colitis 1995 at 15
Tried: Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocortisone Enemas, Proctofoam, Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Canasa, Enotcourt, Colazol, Proctocort, Anamantle...
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis with rectal fistula in 2004, put on Remicade
2007: Increased Remicade dosage to 660mg every 6 weeks, diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis and Fibromyalgia
Current meds: Remicade 660mgs every 6 wks, Lomotil, Tramadol, Darvocet, Clorazepate, new meds I am about to start: Prograf, Cymbalta, Lyrica


OkieStateGirl
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   Posted 12/11/2007 2:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey, I'm on Zithromax also, right now...It doesn't seem to be helping me either.  I've heard that people are becoming really resistant to it.  I was put on Zithromax after already having a shot of antibiotic and a steriod shot for a sinus/cold infection.  You would think after all that the Zithromax would work, since it was only being used as a precautionary on top of the shots.  If I don't get better in a couple of days I'm going to ask for another antibiotic!
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