Antibiotics for Cystic Fibrosis
All medicines have side effects. But many people don't feel the side effects, or they are able to deal with them. Ask your pharmacist about the side effects of each medicine you take. Side effects are also listed in the information that comes with your medicine.
Here are some important things to think about:
- Usually the benefits of the medicine are more important than any minor side effects.
- Side effects may go away after you take the medicine for a while.
- If side effects still bother you and you wonder if you should keep taking the medicine, call your doctor. He or she may be able to lower your dose or change your medicine. Do not suddenly quit taking your medicine unless your doctor tells you to.
Call 911 or other emergency services right away if you have:
- Trouble breathing.
- Swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor right away if you have:
- Sudden pain after exercise (especially in your ankle, back of the knee or leg, shoulder, elbow, or wrist).
- Pain, burning, numbness, tingling, or weakness.
- An irregular or slow heart rate.
Common side effects of oral antibiotics (pill or liquid) include:
- Trouble sleeping.
- Mild stomach pain or cramps, nausea, loss of appetite.
- Metallic or unpleasant taste in the mouth.
Common side effects of inhaled or injected antibiotics include:
- Loss of hearing.
- Feeling unsteady or dizzy.
- Greatly increased or decreased frequency of urination or amount of urine.
- Increased thirst.
- Loss of appetite.
- Nausea or vomiting.
- Muscle twitching or seizures.
- Ringing, buzzing, or a feeling of fullness in the ears.
Some inhaled antibiotics can irritate the lungs and cause coughing. Some may also taste and smell bad.
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: May 14, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Reference Susanna McColley, MD - Pediatric Pulmonology