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Tests show Mycobacterium Chimaera

MAC & Bronchiectasis | Last Active: Mar 13 3:15pm | Replies (33)

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Hi @alm2019 that must be very confusing.

In regards to your question on the big 3, that would be rifampin, ethambutol and azithromycin. Are those the three antibiotics you may have to start? If so, here is a discussion on some side effects of those medications along with some info on how people take them: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/the-big-3-antibiotics-for-mac/

Fellow connect users @windwalker, @megan123 and @anniepie have experience with the Big 3 and may be able to offer support for you as you start these medications.

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Hi Dulwitch…I think before they start u on the big 3 they have to do 3 sputum samples to confirm a proper diagnosis..my sputum recently showed another bacteria same family as yours, starting with F…they r doing more sputum to grow culture again…they will only put u in the big 3 with s confirmed diagnosis..sometimes bacteria shows up randomly and disappears…I’ve been on big 3 for 14 months..quite tolerable👍🏼

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