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Antibiotic side effects

MAC & Bronchiectasis | Last Active: Apr 22, 2018 | Replies (42)

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Hello everyone I have a couple of questions I hope someone maybe able to help point me in the right direction. I have been on the “Big 3” antibiotics finishing up month 10. I had to go off the ethembul at the end of month 7 due to serious breathing issues. My question is this. I am still on Clarithromycin 500mg 2 times a day meaning 1 tablet in AM and another in PM. I also take Rifampin 300mg 2 times a day. One tab in the morning and the other in the PM. As prescribed by my ID Dr. I am now having extreme pain in my shoulder and my next to the point of not being able to lift my arm up high enough to do simple things like putting my hair in a pony tail or even shaving that armpit.
When I mentioned this pain to my ID Dr. He gasped and said I have had to take you off one medication so far and now….. you are asking me to take you off the other two?
I did not ask to be removed off the meds. I just told him my serious pain I was suffering from.
Has anyone else suffered this kind of pain due to the medications? Any and all information is so appreciated.
Hugs to you all.

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I would check to make sure the pain is not due to something else like rotator cuff etc. I have felt some weakness in my arms and legs. I have pain in my right shoulder but I also had it on and off before I started the meds. ( it think due to lifting grandchildren). I know I had to be taken off Rifabutin due to muscle and joint pain early on and was switched to rifampin. I am only finishing up Month 4. I did notice the first few months of treatment wasn't too bad but this last month was not as good due to various problems.

Hi @carla1196 I have been getting pain in my arms and shoulders if I reach up and aching alot of the time which I think is from the meds but not bad enough to go off meds at this stage.

@jkiemen I have been suffering with this pain in my left shoulder for nearly 4 months now. I now have pain in my back as if it like a sheet of ice and it has started to break up into pieces. Best way for me to try to explain the wide spread pain. I also have pain in my joints off and on this past month. Thank you for your information and I hope we both can get threw this all better

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