Had to go back on third week of doxycycline yesterday ,I'm a bit confused, my gp told me to stop azithromycin while taking doxycycline, then yesterday my gp was away, spoke to his partner in the practice ,who gave me more doxycycline, he told me to carry on taking the azithromycin while taking the doxycycline, I told him other gp and chest nurse says dont take them togeather ,his answer was there are new rules now ,anyone else heard of this
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My daughter has always continued to take her maintenance Zith whilst having any treatment antibiotics, including a course of doxy earlier this year. There are no contraindications for taking both at the same time, it’s completely medically safe to take them in combination, so if you receive specialist care, you need to establish what the normal protocol is for your respiratory unit regarding azithromycin/macrolide maintenance therapy generally (as opposed to the GP’s view) and abide by that. Over the years we’ve experienced different doctors recommending different things when it comes to maintenance antibiotics depending on unit practice e.g. her old tertiary team always stopped her Zith during IVs, but her new team don’t.
Yes I too have been advised by respiratory consultant and bronchiectasis clinic to take both alongside steroids (Prednis) - it is preferable to try to come off Azith for the summer months if at all possible as it can have an effect on hearing however you really do need to investigate this thoroughly as many GPs really don't know much about the condition at all. Best wishes
Thank you santisuk for that info. I imagine that as damage was done six years by a trainee anaesthetist resulting in bleeding in the lungs during a mastectomy which took me many, many months to recover from plus pneumonia plus a few other things which resulted in continuous constant exacerbations which would take a month or more to recover from - the first relief from a constant round of illness was when I started on Azith - and had been treated for asthma for years with Pred and Amox which then ceased to work so switched to Doxy - with which this year I managed to stay well with for some eight months - a record for me - I guess it depends upon the severity of the illness. I no longer need to take any inhalers of any sort - just use of an acapella. so for me my treatment is keeping me going - and as I now have secondary cancer which requires doses of Pred I am pretty thankful for that.
I thought Charlie_G's response was really spot on , and yes many GPs and respiratory specialists have sparse knowledge on this subject I have found.