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I took azithromycin 500 mg po QD x 5 days for bronchitis

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I took azithromycin 500 mg po QD x 5 days for bronchitis /sinusitis. Started Cipro 500 mg last night (first dose) d/t possible intestinal infection (diarrhea). Took Diamox 250mg today , mid day bc all this is going on while I'm hiking in the mountains - Himalayas.
I'm feeling quite miserable, today was day 5 of azithromycin, not a lot of improvement bc every day I'm hiking for 6-7 hrs.
My question is - is it possible I'm feeling miserable bc of all these meds rather than altitude sickness? Thank you so much
JA: What medications do you take daily? Are you allergic to any medications?
Customer: NKDA , had a reaction once to Avelox , years ago. I take Claritin D - daily when I wake up congested. I've been taking it the last 10 days ( while on this trip)
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: Nothing that stands out , no chronic illness
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 10 months ago.

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If you are ascending gradually and have enough time for acclimatization (around 72 hours), it is safe to presume that your symptoms are due to medications. If not, symptoms are likely due to altitude sickness. Having said that, at high altitude we always consider mountain sickness, until and unless proved otherwise. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

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Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 10 months ago.

Just want to add few things;

Symptoms, majority of the time would occur due to multiple reasons and may not be due to a solitary cause. Thus your manifestations may be collectively due to;

1) Previous antibiotics.

2) Residual sinusitis / bronchitis.

3) Present antibiotic.

4) Intestinal infection.

5) High altitude sickness.

6) Secondary to heavy exertion, fatigue etc.

So best is to get adequate rest, plenty of fluids, and good sleep.

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