EDITED: I have bronchitis and was prescribed antibiotics, steroids, and an inhaler! What are the negatives and positives?

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I have bronchitis and was prescribed antibiotics, steroids, and an inhaler! What do I do?!

I really dont want to take the antibiotics....I know they do more harm than good (destroying gut flora/causing resistant bacterias) What about the steroids/inhaler? Do they cause any super negative effects?

I guess the real question is what are the negatives and positives of taking these all at once? Ive heard of people eating organ meats and being super chill instead of taking their antibiotics and recovering just the same. Opinions? Techniques?

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2733 · February 04, 2012 at 5:45 AM

You have bronchitis? By all means, skip the antibiotics then you can get pneumonia and die. Nothing more paleo than that. You do know that is how survival of the fittest worked right? Natural selection and all that? Those that got sick died off and didn't pass on DNA...those that didn't survived and here we are.

We have evolved to the point that we were smart enough to invent shoes and medicine...I'd suggest using them. To do otherwise is foolish. Some folks treat the paleo lifestyle like they've joined some kind of a cult...again foolish.

Anyone advising you to put aside modern medicine for bronchitis, which can become pneumonia...is giving foolish advice.

And this is coming from a practitioner of some very old healing techniques, a real root worker, sometimes called a "conjure man" in some areas, called a witch by the uneducated...but who also works day to day in modern medicine. Ancient cures and remedies are great for many things, and good for everything when modern medicine is not available...but you have an antibiotic prescription and I advise you to use it.

Steroids...they are corticosteroids, anti-inflammatory drugs. Not anabolic steroids, nothing drastic about them. They will open your airways, reduce your immune response which is what is causing your symptoms and make you feel better by allowing you to breathe easier. They are actually optional and the side effects are not nice, mainly you'll be a little grumpy and will retain some fluid, possibly up to 20 pounds or so...which you will pee off starting one or two days after you finish the medication. Again, they will make breathing easier and allow you to have more open airways with less inflammation in them. I'd suggest you use them, in fact I had my wife take them for bronchitis just two weeks ago for one week...she's back to her normal weight now and feels great.

32175 · February 04, 2012 at 4:13 AM

If I were you, I would use the steroids & inhaler short-term, skip the antibiotics and get your Vitamin D levels up instead. (I have a long-time past history of asthma--totally gone now with high D levels.)

I would take 40,000 IUs of Vitamin D3 for 3-5 days (D acts as an antibiotic in high enough amounts.)

More info at www.vitamindcouncil.org. Do a search.

325 · February 18, 2013 at 12:03 AM

I just had bronchitis myself (got it about two weeks ago)--it came on FAST and quickly (within 24 hours) ramped up to pneumonia. Yes, antibiotics and steroids suck, but you know what sucks more? Pneumonia. I was given a 5 day course of azithromycin (excuse the spelling, I'm not sure that's the right one), and I felt awful and in pain enough to not question it.

If you're truly concerned about gut health, take it with a good course of pro-biotics, which is a tip I picked up from somewhere on this site (I'm sorry I can't find the link right now). I've had ZERO stomach issues from the antibiotics and I think I owe it to that tip about taking it with the pro-b. Other than that, lots of rest, lots of fluids and lots of bone broth. I didn't have much of an appetite to eat solid food for about a week (plus my throat hurt too much to even swallow fluids very well).

It's been over a week since my antibiotics course has finished, my fever is down and I'm feeling better, but I still have a cough and some wheezing issues that are sticking around. The doc said it may take some time for that to completely clear up.

If you don't want the antibiotics, I get it, I really do. But from the ordeal with bronchitis/pneumonia I just went through, I have to say I am very glad I took them (and again, VERY glad I took them with the pro-b as well).

248 · February 04, 2012 at 5:01 AM

I was on steroid for a long time when I was diagnosed with autoimmune disease. I also have bad allergy and had mild asthma-like symptoms along with it. Along with steroids, I was also put on antibiotics.

I personally don't recommend steroid or antibiotic. It did barely any good and did tons of harms to me.

Had I known what the side effects were, I would have never taken those, especially steroid. It is very hard to get off steroid. You have to taper it down slowly and you suffer some kind of withdrawal symptoms along the way. Ironically, although I was on very high dosage of steroid, it didn't help my allergy much at all. It was just side effects and no benefit for me.

If I were you, I would add vitamin C and vitamin D , eat very simple and eat enough calories. And I would also focus on getting enough Vitamin A. Have you checked Vit A level? Mine turned out to be very low. I would not exercise and save energy to only absolutely necessary activities.

I've been on several rounds of antibiotics. It helps temporarily but the balance in my gut gets screwed after a round that it requires longer time to recover from that side effect. I find that antibiotics does help me recover from inflammation much quicker.

I don't know much about bronchitis but considering it's not a fatal disease, I will be careful using such a drastic medicine like steroids. maybe short term, not too high dosage.

Have you ever tried acupuncture? It might relieve your symptoms at times.

10 · April 25, 2013 at 4:51 AM

A doctor is trained to give medical advice and prescribe drugs to help you, including antibiotics, yet we think we know more. It's like going to the dentist and they tell you to floss more and you saying "I think flossing does more harm than good"...oh sorry I didn't know you went to school to be a dentist. Look, if you have bronchitis after a cold or strep etc, you have an infection in your lungs, which left untreated can be serious so why fuck with it? If your doctor prescribes you antibiotics after listening to your chest and hearing that mucous rattling around in there, take the things and get better. You think tea and honey will reverse a bronchial infection? Good luck with that.

10 · February 17, 2013 at 11:06 AM

mmmm the steroids temporarily depress your immune system allowing your airways to open up and you to breathe easier. the antibiotics are an "insurance policy" against bacterial infections taking advantage of the (temporarily steroid) depressed immune system the inhaler is for taking when you are struggling when you are wheezy/breathless -it's a "quick relief" laters JK

0 · January 05, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Why did you even go see a doctor if you don't want to follow their instructions?!? This is how bronchitis is treated.

0 · November 10, 2012 at 1:40 AM

can you tell me why i had sideaffects to my tablets together one was a steriod the other antibotic

18437 · February 04, 2012 at 4:22 AM

In general if you're symptoms have begun to get better withing 10-14 days on their own your usually in good shape. Don't fight a fever, its there to help you battle infection but if it last an abnormally long time or is recurrent there can be a problem. That list sounds like a shotgun medical approach cause A) he's not sure what the problem is OR B) too lazy to find out. Either way sounds like a bad approach to me.

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