MAC Antibiotic Medication: What time schedule works best for you?

Posted by suzylulu @suzylulu, Nov 8, 2018

When is/are the time schedules for taking the big 3 that have worked for readers. Thanks

@n4seth True! My wheels are always turning (in my head). And now that my dear sweet daughter Gui insisted on my having an iRobot, I don’t vacuum anymore. That had been a good distraction for me. The way I look at it anxiety and fear go hand in hand so I always ask myself,”What’s the worst thing that can happen?” If I can live with that then I’m good. I also trust the good God. I remember that Katherine (former mentor) had recommended a little “finger play” – tapping your thumb against your pointer finger, then tall man, then ring man and finally the baby while saying,”I am at peace “ (one word for each finger tap). Can you tell I taught K/1 for 43 years? That helps when I am thinking too much. So yes, n4seth I believe, “this to shall pass.” irene5

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@irene5

@n4seth True! My wheels are always turning (in my head). And now that my dear sweet daughter Gui insisted on my having an iRobot, I don’t vacuum anymore. That had been a good distraction for me. The way I look at it anxiety and fear go hand in hand so I always ask myself,”What’s the worst thing that can happen?” If I can live with that then I’m good. I also trust the good God. I remember that Katherine (former mentor) had recommended a little “finger play” – tapping your thumb against your pointer finger, then tall man, then ring man and finally the baby while saying,”I am at peace “ (one word for each finger tap). Can you tell I taught K/1 for 43 years? That helps when I am thinking too much. So yes, n4seth I believe, “this to shall pass.” irene5

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Thank you Irene! I know as long as I keep moving forward I will feel better. I find your response very comforting….

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@n4seth

Thank you Irene! I know as long as I keep moving forward I will feel better. I find your response very comforting….

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Oh good! Sending you a hug. irene

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@mai2019

Best Time For Big 3 Medication

I have been taking Ethambutol, Azithromycin and Rifampin for a year now. Been taking Ethambutol and Azithromycin after dinner and Rifampin before bedtime. Recently tho I get chills at night. So starting last week Zi took Ethambutol and Azithromycin after breakfast and Rifampin an hour before dinner, Based from your experience, what is the best time to take the big 3? Greatly appreciate your help, Thanks.

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This may not be the easiest way to do it, but over time there have been many discussions about just this issue. You could read through a few of the discussions.
If you want to hear from the best, here is a link to a video of Dr Gwen Huitt at the MAC & Bronchiectasis Conference at National Jewish Health last year.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sVHodFi8gY&feature=youtu.be
My own experience, in 18 months on the meds, was that whatever time your body can tolerate is the "best time". I never could take the drugs during the day because the side effects wiped me out. I took them immediately before bed, so by the time the nausea and dizziness hit I was well asleep.
Sue

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@mai2019

Best Time For Big 3 Medication

I have been taking Ethambutol, Azithromycin and Rifampin for a year now. Been taking Ethambutol and Azithromycin after dinner and Rifampin before bedtime. Recently tho I get chills at night. So starting last week Zi took Ethambutol and Azithromycin after breakfast and Rifampin an hour before dinner, Based from your experience, what is the best time to take the big 3? Greatly appreciate your help, Thanks.

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Thanks for your reply. Do you take all 3 at same time? I used to take Ethambutol and Azithromycin after dinner and Rifampin before bedtime. The video suggest Ethambutol and Azithromycin before breakfast. I started taking those 2 after breakfast and the Rifampin 1 hour before dinner. Trying to feel which will make me feel less tired .

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Best Time For Big 3 Medication

I have been taking Ethambutol, Azithromycin and Rifampin for a year now. Been taking Ethambutol and Azithromycin after dinner and Rifampin before bedtime. Recently tho I get chills at night. So starting last week Zi took Ethambutol and Azithromycin after breakfast and Rifampin an hour before dinner, Based from your experience, what is the best time to take the big 3? Greatly appreciate your help, Thanks.

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@mai2019

Best Time For Big 3 Medication

I have been taking Ethambutol, Azithromycin and Rifampin for a year now. Been taking Ethambutol and Azithromycin after dinner and Rifampin before bedtime. Recently tho I get chills at night. So starting last week Zi took Ethambutol and Azithromycin after breakfast and Rifampin an hour before dinner, Based from your experience, what is the best time to take the big 3? Greatly appreciate your help, Thanks.

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@mai2019 Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect, a place to give and get support. You are wondering what the best time is to take the big 3 medications?

You will notice that I moved your question to a previous discussion where members like @toni1132 @bluesplashgirl @poodledoc @heathert are already discussing this topic.

May I ask if you have to take all of the medications with food?

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@erikas

@mai2019 Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect, a place to give and get support. You are wondering what the best time is to take the big 3 medications?

You will notice that I moved your question to a previous discussion where members like @toni1132 @bluesplashgirl @poodledoc @heathert are already discussing this topic.

May I ask if you have to take all of the medications with food?

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What I do now is taking Ethambutol and Azithromycin after breakfast of toast with peanut butter and coffee which I hope is okay and the Rifampin one hour before dinner. Hopefully this is okay and will prevent chills at night and headaches when I wake up.

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