I was diagnosed with COPD about 5 years ago and, apart from the fact that I’ve not had a lung function test since diagnosis, I’ve coped quite well. I remember writing on this forum about a change in my inhaler but I’m currently using Trelegy Ellipta and have been really well. Unfortunately I developed a sore throat last Saturday and this quickly developed to a lung infection. Having not experienced a lung infection since my diagnosis, I just assumed it would be very mild - as they had been previously - but by Wednesday I was producing copious amounts of horrible muck, getting short of breath and running a temperature of 38C. So I rang the surgery as soon as they opened but by the time my call was answered, there were no appointments left and the best they could offer me was an appointment with a pharmacist the following day. So I managed to drive myself to the pharmacy this morning, where the pharmacist didn’t listen to my chest or check my temperature but just prescribed me Doxycycline, 2x100mg tablets today then I x100mg tablets each day for another 7 days. So far, I still feel really poorly and temperature is 38.1C. Now, Im probably expecting too much but I wondered how long it will take to start to feel better.
Incidentally, I also have an illness called Polymyalgia Rheumatica for which I take Prednisolone so I’ve followed the sick day rules of the PMR forum and have doubled my current dose so am taking 10mg Pred each day.
Sorry for the long rambling post - as I said before, I’m still getting used to COPD infections.
Hi, it takes about 3 days for antibiotics to start having an effect. After that you should gradually begin to feel better. If you don't after completing the course go back to your surgery. In the meantime if you can, call at your surgery and ask for a sputum sample pot. Should the doxy not be effective, take a sample of your phlegm for testing. Hope you soon feel better, lots of nasty bugs going around at the moment.
thank you so much for your very quick reply. This is the first time that I’ve had a lung infection since being diagnosed so it’s all new to me. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that I’m worrying unnecessarily 🤞
i just read your post and was about to respond but you have had a really good response. The first reply i read CDPO16 said it all . Very good advice. All the best .
Thank you so much foe your good wishes. My temperature has now dropped from 38C to 37.2C so I think I’m going the right way 🤞
i was in exactly the same position as you and also on doxi’s but struggling with how sick they made me. Then reading your replies i remembered i was supposed to drink a full glassvof water with them - i did that tonight and feel fine - so thank you 💜
So pleased I’ve been of help to someone🤣 It’s not nice having this happen is it? I’m starting to improve now but what I find hard with this antibiotic is not being able to have any dairy products for several hours either side of taking it. I take the antibiotic at 8am and that means I can’t have my coffee until about 11am - not a happy bunny😉 🐰
i take mine in the evening having drunk coffee etc all day as i never knew i was supposed to avoid dairy foods. 😱 I drink a huge glass of water with it and now i have no problem at all . Just find what works for you . Please try to stay well and another thing i have learned after 10 years of COPD is to act fast. As soon as you notice your chest is starting to get congested start the steroids and antibiotics . This stops too much damage getting done. Hopefully you will have no more problems.
Thank you so much for your reply - only two more days of antibiotics so I’ll soon be “back in the old routine” hopefully!! This is the first time I’ve had a lung infection since being diagnosed with COPD four years ago so it took me a while to realise I’d need antibiotics and even longer to get to see a doctor. Hopefully I won’t need them again for quite a while but at least I’ll know what to do!