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My dr. started me on antibiotics for a mild bladder infection on Tuesday. The bladder infection hasn't really bothered me. But the antibiotics are completely disrupting my world. My morning sickness was much improved, almost gone, and now it's back in full force. I'm throwing up even more than before, 2-3 times per day. I feel terribly weak physically and tired (much more than normal even in pregnancy) and as a result, rather emotional (which I haven't been this entire pregnancy). I can't hardly do anything. I know some of you are like this just from the morning sickness, but if it was due to antibiotics, would you quit taking them? Part of my issue is that I've got about a week left with dh before he deploys and this is a 10 day course of antibiotics. I don't want to feel this way the whole time he's got left here. I've already bothered my dr. today asking for a dr's note with EDD for dh's company for his R&R and I don't really want to bother them again today to ask about discontinuing the antibiotic. What would you do?
 

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I think I would keep taking them so I could get over the infection and avoid other problems from not treating it later.<br><br>
Are you taking probiotics? That will help regulate things a bit since the antibiotics screw up your system.<br><br>
I hope you feel better soon!
 

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once you start a course of antibiotics you really ought to finish them. do try some acidophillus to help even things out though. what are you taking? are you eating w/ the meds? sometimes eating with it helps too. even just a few crakers or a glass of milk.
 

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Well, I'm eating all the time to try and ease up the nausea. As for the probiotics, I've been taking them religiously for months now until 2 days ago. I ran out and I haven't been able to make it downtown to our HFS. Grrr.... I have no energy to get out there. It's a trip. Maybe tomorrow. I know that would help. Anyway, I put in a call to my dr. to see if she can change my antibiotics to something else. Hopefully she'll call back soon.
 

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Silly question, but have you taken this particular antibiotic before without a problem? I had a reaction to zithromax a year back, and that's exactly what happened to a non pregnant me.<br><br>
Just a thought...
 

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d-mannose is my only suggestion. My daughter had a bladder infection that was resistant to the antibiotics and this made it all better.
 

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Yeah, I'd finish them, the last thing you need is a UTI which can start preterm labor.<br><br>
I'm sorry this is happening to you! :-(
 

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Keep them up. UTI are NOT something you want to mess with in pregancy. Hope you feel better soon.
 

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I know how you're feeling. I just finished a 5 day course of antibiotics a few days ago and I felt HORRIBLE everyday I took them, just like you described. It was not fun *but* a UTI isn't fun either, especially when you're pregnant. I would definitely keep taking them. Hope you feel better soon.
 

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I've never taken this antibiotic before. I think it's specifically for bladder infections, and I've never had one in my life. I don't feel like I have one now. I was really hoping the dr. would call me back tonight and change my medication, but no call. Ugh. I hate feeling like this. Threw up again tonight.
 

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Are you taking macrobid? You might just not be reacting to it well and there are several other antibiotics you can take for UTI that are safe in pregnancy. CALL your doctor and ask again. How many days are you supposed to take it? Sometimes only one or three days is prescribed. Your doctor should absolutely call you back.<br><br>
I second the D-Mannose. It is good to take every now and then as a preventative, too. Keep up the probiotics.
 

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once starteed it is better to finsih -- otherwise you risk an "resistant" infection that having been exposed tot he medication, but not finished off, can come back stronger and harder to kill ------- in the greater picture of the world is how super bigs were / are created ----------<br><br>
this can be bad for you -- a wrose infection that WOULD bother you and that would be much harder to teate thus exposeing you and baby to even more medication than jsut finishing the 10 or 14 day does you are one now. and a stronger medication might bother you more than this one. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
on Monday could you call teh Dr and ask if they have a differnt medication you could be changed to?<br><br>
try yogart -- better after you finsh, but can help in tthe mean time....
 

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Yes, I'm on Macrobid. I've never heard of D-Mannose. I did get some probiotics from the HFS today finally. They're not my regular brand though because they were so expensive. They were more than $5 more than when I got them at my old HFS (we've moved in the last few months). I will call the dr. back on Monday. I hate being this nauseous when the morning sickness had already passed for me.
 

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That is a tough one. Have you taken this antibiotic in the past? Is this an allergic reaction? I am an RN and in general we say to never ever stop an antibiotic until it is over unless you have signs of an allergic reaction. If you do the germ will become stronger and not only will the infection come back, but it will be harder to fight.<br>
Urinary Tract Infections cause uterine irratability = increase risk of miscarriage.<br>
Vomiting = Dehydration = increase risk of miscarriage<br><br>
I would bug my doctor. I hope you start feeling better soon!
 

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I've never taken it before. I didn't actually have a UTI, the dr. said there was enough bacteria in my urine that it needed treated but not enough to call it a bladder infection. So, I'm hoping she'll say I can just quit taking them since tomorrow will be day 6 of the antibiotics and it was a very mild bacterial issue. Since she didn't call me back Friday, I've continued to take them over the weekend. I haven't noticed any difference in the frequency that I am urinating (which is often), but I didn't really feel like I had any bladder infection problems, so it could just be pregnancy causing me to go so often. I've been terribly nauseous all day today, but I've managed to not throw up, so I know I'm not dehydrated.
 

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Macrobid is often prescribed for only three days, even with a bad infection. So I think you could probably stop. I hate to say that, but if you missed today's dose I don't think it would be awful.<br><br>
Many doctors only give one or two days of antibiotic for UTI, even if they are really bad. The ten days is kind of overkill, it sounds like to me, but I would go back to your doctor for a repeat urinalysis to see if the bacteria is gone.<br><br>
I have had MANY UTI's, so I am familiar with the whole drill. If you are not in pain when you pee anymore and are not feeling like you have to pee and then nothing comes out, you could be fine.<br><br>
DON'T substitute my advice for your doctor's, though. There are many antibiotics that are safe in pregnancy. Ampicillin is pretty mild and will kick a UTI. Was it E Coli causing the infection? Mannose only works for E Coli. It's a sugar that is not absorbed by the body and it concentrates highly in urine. E Coli prefer Mannose to the lining of your bladder, so they stick to that instead of you. Then you pee it out. Works really well.<br><br>
Hope you are feeling better. Doesn't sound like an allergic reaction to me, but it could be an intolerance. I would request a different antibiotic IF your culture still shows bacteria. I would get another test tomorrow if I were you. No bacteria, no more medicine. Then you can do Mannose a couple times a week to prevent anything from coming back.<br><br>
Hope this helps. I know UTI's are miserable.
 

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I would seriously be questioning a 10-day course of antibiotics for an asymptomatic (only lab-confirmed) UTI. I had to take antibiotic treatment for a stomach parasite around week 12 of my pregnancy, and that only required a 5-day course.<br><br>
Sounds like a little overkill to me.
 
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