MAC Antibiotic Side Effects: Did you ever take a break from the drugs?
I posted a couple of weeks ago that my husband Bruce wanted to take a break from the MAC antibiotics to reduce or eliminate the serious side effects of the drugs.
He did stop with the okay of his ID/Pulmonologist and our PCP. Seven negative cultures and an improved CT lung scan helped to support the argument for a break.
My question, for those who have suspended their own antibiotic treatment, how long does it take for the side effects to either diminish or disappear?
Bruce has severely debilitating shortness of breath (can barely walk several steps), abdominal pain, and a seriously uncomfortable fullness feeling in his gut.
For a year he’s been on a version of the three antibiotics, most recently Azithromycin (Rifampin switched out in May), Ethambutol and Clofazimine, all taken daily. He also nebulized Arikayce once daily.
He has stopped all four. Have others gotten relief during a break from the drugs?
Thanks for your input.