i've had to swallow lots of pills etc for decades, but this time it's giving me extra trouble. i've been on high strength antibiotics for 7 weeks now (flucloxacillin 500 mg capsuls 4x per day). have to take on an empty stomach which means 1 hour before food, and 2 hours after food. looks like i'll be on them for at least 3-6 months
my prob is that they seem to get stuck low in the oesophagus, where they fizz and burn. this happens at least once a day, and the pain lasts for 30 min up to 2 hours
i've tried everything i can think of (drinking more water when i take capsul, standing up while it goes down, taking it 3 hours after food instead of only 2...) but nothing reliably helps
i have figured out that of the 3 makes of flucloxacillin i've been given, there are 2 that are easier on me. but all 3 give me this swallowing prob
is this just one of those things we have to learn to live with? these meds are also making me feel even more fatigued and brain fogged than usual, and also now i've got eye probs (bigger floaters than usual and scotomas)
i don't want to take oesomprazole (nexium) or domperidone if i can avoid it - was on them for 6 years and have been feeling a lot better since got off them 4 years ago, managing gastroparesis with diet/posture/exercise/relaxation.
i'm wondering if the prob could be due to dryness from sjogrens....getting worse as i get older (am 58)
my really great GP and lupus nurse haven't come up with anything..
hoping for some good tips.....
happy new year