both my GP and my Consultant constantly remind me to have my emergency Anti biotics and steroids at home for use when required. This is the norm for COPD patients.
Its sods law that if an infection is going to start it will be over the weekend or bank holidays and when i go on holiday i always make sure i have both with me just in case, fortunately on the last 3 holidays,
Tjohn your remarks are irresponsible and can cause confusion for already concerned and confused patients and family,
I thought that antibiotics were prescribed, for a course and then after that one would need a new prescription for them.
I suppose I must be all wrong about this, as you say you keep them in stock.
The way you say you keep them in stock makes me think you might use them a few days when you think they are necessary but you do not (I mean your husband) follow the full course.
a) Does your husband follow a full course of antibiotics
b) does he just have a few here and there according to no particular scheme?
If the answer is b), I think that is a very bad practice and it will not help him.
So many people have been using antibiotics incorrectly, like not taking them as prescribed up until the last does that these antibiotics have become useless.
a) COPD is painful, distressing and depressing so a sufferer will do anything to clear up the current exasparation - as adults i believe we have realised that when it states to "take the full course" we do so, we are not stupid
b) are you aware of the medical history of any of the patients on here? our GPs and consultants who prescribe the antibiotics do so to enable us to live our lives as comfortably as possible and i think it is very irresponsible to insinuate that to prescribe medication for emergency use is " bad practice and it will not help him. "
You have stated you are on only 1 medication for your COPD, whereas most of us will be on several inhalers and tablets indicating we suffer incredibly.
Can i suggest before making comments such as the above you do not assume that because your doctor does not do it for you that every one elses doctor are using "bad practice" which will cause fear amongst those in genuine pain and suffering.