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Beth Kiefer (@mrf5629)

Ever Discouraged Not To Take Antibiotics?

MAC & Bronchiectasis | Last Active: Nov 9, 2021 | Replies (37)

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Thank you Terri. So am I understanding correctly that your doctor does prescribe an antibiotic when you have an infection, just not ZPak? My physician is at Mayo also. The first one I saw had me use ZPak but the one I gave now, who is not a physician on staff, doesn’t want me to use it and has prescribed nothing else.

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Hi Beth. Have you asked your dr why they do not want to treat it at all?

Beth, my drs both at Mayo and private practice have all given me an antibiotic prescription to keep on hand in case of an exacerbation. My Mayo dr, Dr Leventhal even said to me "You know your body better than anyone. When you see and feel an infection coming on, fill the prescription and nip it in the bud." That was empowering statement, I was impressed that he had that kind of faith in my judgement. Sometimes our sputem can get greenish and then clear up in several days (especially if diligent in nebbing the saline twice a day) When that happens; I do not jump the gun and start on antibiotics. We can tell when it is bad enough to require action. Perhaps you can ask your dr about giving the script to keep on hand.