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Annie3

Soooo, I went to the doctor to get a different antibiotic, she looked up my results online and said I didn't have an infection and wouldnt need to take an antibiotic anyways. I had blood in my urine, but that is common with interstitial cystitis (bladder condition). I asked about the the leukocytes on the dipstick and I guess it was a bit of contamination.....(lovely), but not an infection. The pain was from ovulation, which I told the ER doc and that I didn't have any burning on urination. I am thankful I don't need to take anything now, a little frustrated that the ER doc put me on antibiotics before confirming whether I had an infection. I am not sure how things work, but wouldn't a follow up phone call to tell me that all is good and to stop taking the antibiotics. I am just glad when they gave me a ciprofloxacin tablet in the ER I put it in my purse when she turned around instead of swallowing it. (had to find more about this drug first before ingesting it. I am sure the doc would not have understood. ). Thanks everyone for all your input. I am now prepared for if it ever happens again. I think I would try the D mannose first. Anjje glad your feeling better. Annie

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annej

Hey Annie,

 

Great News!!

 

On another note, have you ever had this problem before? According to IChelp.org (Interstitial Cystitis organization), IC is usually diagnosed when symptoms are present for 6 weeks. I believe it is confirmed by cystoscopy (scope up the urethra into the bladder). It is a very debilitating and painful condition. From what you posted, I would not suspect that you have this condition. Check out the website for more information. :) Hugs, Annej

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Annie3

I was diagnosed with IC when I was twenty and used to go for weekly installations of a medicine in my bladder. Now it only flares when I ovulate, if I even had a correct diagnosis. I am really wondering these days.

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Altostrata

[Merged some of our antibiotics topics.]

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annej

Follow up on my recent UTI and treatment with Bactrim. Within 12 hours of taking the initial tablet, I knew I was on the rode to recovery. My culture and sensitivity (C&S) came back stating that the bacteria responsible was sensitive to sulfanimides - I was on the "right" antibiotic. The day after I stopped taking it, my UTI came back. I do not have any bladder spasms, frequency or urgency, but have some slight stinging upon urination with gross hematuria (visible blood in urine).

 

Went back to urgent care yesterday and they did another urinalysis. My bacteria load is 15 which has reduced considerably, but should be less than 10(as in 10,000). I am spilling 3+ erythrocytes (blood). I cannot take quinolones due to benzo interaction and my doc is doing the right thing by sending me to a urologist for recurrent UTI which should have been responsive to the Bactrim. He put me on Macrobid as a prophylaxis to the UTI ascending to the kidneys and referred me to a urologist to rule out the scary stuff and make sure that when I void (urinate) that I do not have post-residual urine left in the bladder due to strictures or structural defects. I went to a urologist over 25 years ago due to recurrent UTI unresponsive to first line treatment, and had a cystoscopy (bladder scope) which revealed some strictures. I had a small office procedure and never had a recurrence.

 

I endorse my doc for referring me to a urologist to get a thorough exam to rule out the bad stuff. I scheduled my appt with recommended urologist for Monday July 2 and all copies of my labs have been sent to the new doc. Will post update. Take home lesson: Recurrent UTI despite treatment with appropriate antibiotic is grounds for further investigation. :) Hugs, Annej

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Nikki

I had a root canal recently and the dentist didn't do a very good job. Went to another dentist yesterday for a second opinion. Alot of pain. He gave me Rx for Amoxicillian which I've taken over the years...no problem.

 

I ended up with hives. Pharmacist said to taken Bendryl. Knocked me out, but worked. Had to take Rx 800mgs. Ibuprofen.

 

I believe the tapering or just being on Celexa caused this reaction. Sensitivities we talk about.

 

Dogs got sick last night. My fault I did not add their usual dog food to chicken. So from 2am on.....I was up and out with them and smashed on benadryl.

 

Will call new dentist and ask for another Rx for antibiotic. I know I can take Cipro. Years back I got hives from Erythromyacin, so that is out too.

 

Today my friend is having her husband's respirator removed, so I have to hurry up and get to the hospital by 10am.

 

Anyone else have allergic reactions, suggestions for another antibiotic?

 

Happy 4th ;)

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Altostrata

See above.

 

You should let your doctor know of your allergic reactions and ask him to choose an appropriate antibiotic that has the least chance of adverse effects.

 

I'm allergic to Cipro, myself.

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dmpjhp

H was planning on moving home and beginning counseling this week. In his fourth month without Lexapro. Last week he went to GP and was diagnosed with bronchitis, given steroid

shot and the antibiotic Levaquin (750 mg). Within four days, he changed completely, becoming very irritated, then on Friday texting saying he wasn't moving in, wasn't going to counseling.

Is this just another wave or can it be attributed to the medicine?

Also, he took his last Levaquin on Friday. How long before the effects wear off?

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Altostrata

dmp, I added your post to this discussion.

 

People have found that taking steroids or antibiotics does sometimes exacerbate withdrawal symptoms. Antibiotics act on the whole body and may affect the nervous system and stomach as well.

 

It's always a good idea to use probiotics and digestive enzymes to help the stomach recover from antibiotics.

 

You might discuss this with your son.

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MissMellie

Hi There,

I am now 19 months into my lexapro withdrawal. Last week I was prescribed Klacid 250mg twice a day for acute sinusitis. After the second dosage I started feeling some weird sensations in my left arm, like there was numb patch. This then progressed to both my legs and I also have pins and needles/ feels like a tight band sometimes on areas of my face, as well as burning sensations down my arms and weakness in my left arm.  I took the tablets for 6 days and I belive I have had a severe reaction. I've been looking up my symptoms and it sounds like neuropathy? Please has anyone had this?? Will it go away on its own? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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MissMellie

Thankyou Altostrato. I am now 20 months out since discontinuing Lexapro cold turkey after 4-5 year use. Since stopping I have had numbness on the left side of my face, tight band feeling around my legs, pins and needs in my left shoulder blade and I get pins and needles in my hands and feet at times. All of this started after I disconitnued Lexapro, but it seems it is really really bad at the moment and it seems that the antibiotics I was on has made things worse (almost like its flared it up and now I am ultra sensitive to everything). Is it normal for this parasthesia to intensify this far out of disconinuation? I have had and MRI to rule out MS.

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Nikki

Hi MissMellie......

 

Amazing I am in Florida and you are in Queensland.  This site brings so many people together from all over the globe.

 

I have had many adverse reactions to antibiotics while tapering Lexapro.  I am prone to UTI's.  My BFF told me that she noticed that when I was tapering and tooks AB's there was a pattern.

 

My biggest symptom was anxiety particularly from Cipro (the quinolone family of meds).  The Psych nurse looked it up and yes, they do affect our nervous system.  The other antibiotics bothered me too.  Tired, anxious, depressed. Overall lousy feeling.

 

Like Alto said google side effects.  For me they are more so when in a taper......alot of people tapering have experienced this.

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mammaP

I have adverse reactions to anti biotics at any time, not allergies but they do make me feel

much more ill than the illness they are prescribed for. It is usually just a short course so I 

just persevere through it until it's finished. Some are worse than others and my doctor 

will give me whatever has least side effects.

 

While in withdrawal everything is magnified so I think if I were to need then during withdrawal

the side effects would be much worse. Thankfully I haven't needed them in withdrawal or

while tapering.  I hope these sensations settle down for you, they sound most unpleasant!

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NoMeaning25

I have a kidney and bladder infection confirmed by a Culture test. I just spoke to my Doctor and i have the results infront of me. The following antibiotics will work for the bacteria:


- Cefazolin/Cephalexin (Looks like a good one to take, please advise)
- Augmentin (Wont take, had massive adverse reaction)
- Gentamicin
- Cotrimoxazole 
- Nitrofurantoin (Looks like a bad idea to take)


Which one would cause the least of problems and is the safest to take (Least side effects)

I would really appreciate any feedback, thank you
 
(Sorry i just copied and pasted this as i feel too tired to type all of this again)
 
Is the Cefazolin my best bet and is it safe?

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Ellen042

I'm not a physician, but I can at least listen and give some moral support.  I find it odd that your doctor didn't prescribe one!  Given that you had an adverse reaction to Augmentin, I also find it odd that you were given the option not only for Augmentin again, but also for cefazolin/cephalexin.  This is Keeflex, another penacillin related drug just like Augmentin.  If you had an adverse reaction to one, the other is contraindicated- i.e. you'd probably have the same reaction to it that you had with Augmentin.  With the remaining three, you may still need to take price into account, as antibiotic vary wildly in pricing.  Gentamicin is a workhorse and cheap.  It's even effective against MRSA!  Knowing nothing further bout you, if I HAD to prescribe one, I'd choose gentamicin or cotrimoxazole. Remember, I'm not a physician, and all I know about you is that you ave a UTI and had a bad reaction to Augmentin,  I myself have had massive experience with antibiotics, as I have Lyme disease and need to stay on either IV or oral antibiotics at all times.  Aside fro being allergic to a couple (the main thing to watch out for with abx) I've had absolutely no problems with any.  I'm sensitive to drugs, but can start and stop massive doses of abx with no problems.  In comparison to psychoactive drugs, they're relatively benign.  Sorry that I couldn't give specific medical advice.  Maybe your pharmacist could help you further, but I wouldn't get too concerned about taking an antibiotic for a week anyway.

 

Right now I'm on ciprofloxacin for a UTI myself, and didn't blink at it once.  I was just happy it cost only $5 and is doing it's job well.

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Altostrata

I took nitrofurantoin and it upset my stomach badly, also killed off all my good bacteria. I took probiotics for weeks before I felt better.

 

Whatever you take, make sure you take a good dose of live probiotics, but at a different time than the antibiotic because the drug will kill 'em off.

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Nikki

I have had chronic issues over the years with UTI's.  It depends on the bacteria.  I am assuming that the results from the culture have give the choices you mentioned above.

 

I found Cephalaxin to have the least side effects.  I tolerated it well. Augmentin will most likely do nothing. 

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tompee

hi i kinda have throat infection and need an advice on anti biotic. i took augmentin. my anxiety goes up like hell. doctor have no idea why.

 

im in the middle of wd. so i guess my cns is very sensitive. :(.

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Meimeiquest

I have decided for me, personally, to not take antiobiotics for things not extremely serious, or my kids. It's too risky. I know that doesn't help you any! Hope you feel better soon!

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Altostrata

[merged similar topics]

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tompee

hi guys i have found 2 anti biotic with less side effect from doctor 1.Dalacin 2.Omnicef (stronger) so i tested Dalacin. turn out a lot less side effect than augmentin and cipro (two of thsee cause so much anxiety for me.

 

this one i have no adverse reaction for me. taken before meal 15 mins. i share it here if anyone looking for some anti biotic with less side effect to cns.

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Petunia

Serious adverse reactions to fluoroquinolone antibiotics (FQs) have been reported in medical journals and to the FDA since the 1980s.  Here is a letter to The United States Senate Committee on Health from the site MedicationSense.com asking for more warnings and further study because of findings that these drugs injure human DNA:

 

http://medicationsense.com/articles/2014/letter.php

 

Reported symptoms include tingling, numbness, burning pain, twitching, and/or severe weakness,  sustained injuries to other vital systems: agitation, impaired cognitive function, intractable insomnia, hallucinations, psychosis, acute manic episode, joint or muscle pain, or tendon rupture. In many cases, toxicities also involve the cardiovascular and gastrointestinal systems, skin, and sight or hearing.

 

If possible, please avoid these particular antibiotics:  Levaquin, Cipro, Avelox, Floxin, Norfolk, Factive

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NoMeaning25

Alto, could we make this a sticky? I know people are always asking what antibiotics to take.

 

These are the antibiotics i can tolerate in withdrawal. I have severe med sensitivity, so i guess most people in withdrawal will be ok with them.

 

- Amoxicillin

- PenicillinV

- Azithromycin

- Chefazolin

- Cephalexin

 

 

Antibiotics i cant tolerate:

 

- Augmentin

- All Fluoroquinolones (Never taken because of the serious adverse effects reported)

- Clindamycin

- Doxycycline

- Erythromycin

- Metronidazol

- Purbac

 

Just thought it might be useful to some people. Its bad t have an adverse reaction to antibiotics. The worst was Augmentin, i had severe vertigo for 2 months. Very very severe and a candida infection that was horrendous. That after only 2 days


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lundeliz

Thanks Olivia, for the info.  I haven't needed antibiotics recently, but early in withdrawal I did several times.

 

I'm more sensitive to meds now, so this info will give me a place to start if the need comes up. Thanks!

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solida

Hello everybody, I have been staying away from Forums for quite a long time.I m in my 8 year of prolonged withdrawal with many ups and downs and I m still not recovered ,BUT:

 

from about May till July the first time I mentally felt very very good and I had glimpses of my old me AND even better, I really could be thankful and I had wishes for my future and hope and desire.....also still fatigue and other stuff lingering.

 

Then unfortunately I had to go for a jaw surgery and I could not avoid taking an AB.So I took Amoxicillin.With the first pill I went  dredfully weak,stiff neck and feeling ill,but I thought ok-5 days and you will be fine again. When I stopped I could not believe what happend-it was like stopping an SSRI-I got akathesia,anxiety ,tingling all over my body and then I got very very sick like in the very beginning of withdrawal-and  still I am.It feels like a Little Trauma-a repetition of a bad dream.

 

It has been 8 weeks now and I am in bed nearly the whole day.Depression god thanks I only had the first week.But how can this happen?

I don t believe it is a real setback,because I found many stories from people who reacted the very same,got very ill from an antibiotic,and they were healthy before.So this even scares me more and I must be prepared that this could stay with me for a while.

 

I had this operation after my accident 2 years ago-there it felt just like getting worse for a while but this time it feels like I had taken an SSRI again.

 

so far,l solida

 

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WinningThrough

Hello solida. I'm so sorry this all happened to you. I actually ended up on ssris because of a reaction to augmentin which contains amoxicillin. I got akathisia on it and I hadn't taken ssris then. To give you some hope, I was recovering from the reaction before I stupidly went on ssris. I think I would have healed quite quickly. Hopefully, this will just be a blip for you. Drinking lots of water will help flush out the antibiotics.

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WinningThrough

Hi solida. You might want to start a topic in the Introductions section introducing yourself. People may not see your topic here.

 

I hope you're ok.

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solida

Hi solida. You might want to start a topic in the Introductions section introducing yourself. People may not see your topic here.

 

I hope you're ok.

I already have one here.

well,, I m in a really bad place .lg

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WinningThrough

Ah..sorry about that. I'm so sorry to hear you are in such a bad place.

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NoMeaning25

I had a severe adverse reaction to augmentin (Amoxicillin and clavulanic acid) and that definitely set me back. It took 6 months for those symptoms to get better.

 

Your nervous system is still very fragile. Do you maybe think its the jaw surgery that caused this wave? Ive seen it many times before. People go for surgery and they get hit by a bad wave. I believe its the anesthetics. Ive had bad experiences with amoxicillin too, but nothing like you describe.

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Gem

Hi Solida

 

So sorry to hear that the surgery/antibiotic has had this effect.

 

It's such a great sign that you experienced a good window and also that the depression you had after taking the antibiotic receded after a week.

 

In my experience, these windows get better and longer.

 

I speak to CITAp ( a British withdrawal charity) and they suggest taking a good strong probiotic like acidophilus with high levels of good bacteria, after taking antibiotics. As antibiotics can really affect gut flora and deplete good bacteria.

 

CITAp also say that it is very common thing for antibiotics to affect withdrawal & cause withdrawal symptoms to show up.

 

As with any supplements in w/d, do exercise caution though.

 

Take care, hoping that you see improvements soon,

 

Gem

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solida

Hi,

it definetely was the antibiotic,not the surgery.Because I was in such a good place when I took the first pill,I immediately felt the change: stiff neck,

weakness and a feeling of beeing closed in my body.And when I stopped-thi was two days after ther surgery-the horror began.

 

Well,I m a little bit better than in the first 4 weeks,but it is just sad.

I remember,that a member here-I think Dawn B had a similiar reaction.

The question is,do I will react to every AB in the future like this-or was it ONLY the amoxicillin?

lg solida

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Gem

Good to hear you are doing a little better Solida.

 

Hope that you continue to improve xx

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