After suffering through the worst flu ever last week, I now have bronchitis. I went to a doctor yesterday to get checked out, and he diagnosed bronchitis and gave me a prescription for antibiotics, which I haven't started taking (generic Zithromax). I called my naturopath to get an appointment with her, but she is out with the flu. However, the front desk guy at the naturopath's office (married to one of the doctors in the practice) told me, "Oh, but I think you do have to take antibiotics for bronchitis. Otherwise it's a really tough infection to get rid of." He's not a medical professional, so I'm skeptical of his advice, but still I am wondering if I'm a fool for not taking the antibiotics. I'm scared of the side effects, for one (nausea, diarrhea). I've been sick enough already. I don't need the cure to be worse than the disease!
Can I kick this thing without having to take the meds? I do have asthma, which is why I think the doc gave me the antibiotics. But I haven't had any trouble breathing or anything. Just lots of coughing and mucus (which has subsided somewhat the last day or two).