Well I talked it over with my GI doc and he did not tell me to discontinue, so I beleive things to be OK. I did not develop any diarrhea, and I only have one day’s worth left, so I will finish off this course.
Unfortunately, the way this went was, I called the doc’s office, explained I have a sinus infection (my secondary concern, actually) and ongoing tinnitus (a few months now). I wanted to see what the doc had available for appointments, but I guess he is pretty busy and also wanted to clear up the sinus infection before delving deeper into the tinnitus. so I got a call back (from the pharmacy, not the doc) saying he had called in a script…I never got a chance to talk to him. Once I finish off this course, I will call and try to set up an appointment.
I don’t know if it’s irresponsible use of antibiotics or not, but I do know that, untreated, my sinus infections tend to hang on for a long effing time and turn into upper respiratory infections because of all the suppressive effects of the colitis drugs on my immune system. With antibiotics, they will typically mostly clear up within a week to 10 days. I have little kids at my house as well, so if I don’t treat my infection and get it cleared up, the kids will usually pass it back to me and keep me pretty miserable throughout the winter months.
Thank you all for the info, I appreciate it. I have been treated with amoxicillin/augmentin in the past and gotten diarrhea, I had no idea it was bad. Next time I will either ask for zithromax or make sure I eat a lot of yogurt as a preventive.