... distant city so I am not there gathering information first hand Her doctor placed her on a regimen of the following medicines:
Keflex 500 mg 2 x a day ; Amoxi 1000 mg 2 x a day;Kapidex 60 mg 1 x day; Clarithromycn 500 mg 2 x day; Promethazine 25 mg as needed; Percocet 5/325 1 tablet every 6 hours and Xanax .50 gr 1 tablet 3 x day Her husband said she was in severe pain ; this combo of medicine has her stomach very upset and she feels like a zombie. Has anyone ever heard of someone being placed on this many drugs at one time???
Yes, I would be questioning her treatment also. The Amoxi, Kapidex and Clarithromycin drugs are often used as "triple helicobacter pylori eradication therapy". The Percocet is for pain and xanax, possibly for anxiety. I am unsure why the Keflex (an antibiotic) and promethazine (antihistamine) have been prescribed. The combination of promethazine and xanax are likely to make her feel like a zombie! I would question why she is taken these. They will not help the infection.
My husband had both types of stomach ulcers and had been in pain for many years. Doctors did not believe he had them at the age of twelve, so he suffered for years and lived on ant acid tablets, Mylanta and numerous ulcer tablets for many years. When we heard about the Heliocobacter Pylori infection, all he had to do was go to the GP and get a breath test and it was found that he had this bacteria. The GP put him onto one major dose of antibiotic concoction, - something like twelve or so - for a week. This did not work. They tried another mix, for the same duration this also did not work. However the third try worked. It was major medication consumption and he too was very unwell and got knocked around with it. But I tell you what he has been ulcer free for years now due to this. We always thought the ulcers were something that he was going to have to suffer with for life, so it was a miracle as far as we were concerned.
We were also told that the other family members should be tested as they may have this bacteria also. I was tested and all was clear. My son was tested positive and also had to go through with the major dose of antibiotics when he was in Grade 5. Thankfully he only needed one attempt. We all apparently carry this bacteria but some people are affected where others are not. It can also be detected through having a gastroscopy. I hope your daughter perseveres with the treatment as it was well worth it for my husband and son's health.
I was diagnosed with H. pylori a few years ago and my doctor had me on very high doses of Biaxin and Amoxicillin and Nexium. He also gave me a prescription for Promethazine. Promethazine is used to treat nausea, which I did have as a result of the H. pylori infection. I was also on Zoloft, Lorezapam and Lortab. I know that it seems like a lot of medicine, but each one helped with my different symptoms. The Promethazine did help with the nausea that I was experiencing, but it made me extremely sleeping, so I could not take it during the day or when I was driving. I also couldn't take it when I was watching my 3 year old child. But, after the antibiotics work and obliterates the H. pylori, your daughter shouldn't need the Promethazine anymore.
I have been on the same H-pylori "cocktail" twice this year. The 3 antibiotics are necessary since this is a very nasty bacteria to cure. The Kapidex (Dexilant) coats the stomach & helps heal the ulcers. Promethazine (Phenergan) is for nausea & vomiting, Percocet is for pain and the Xanax to calm her nerves, therefore calming her colon. She can use the Phenergan, Xanax & Percocet less than prescribed to help with the "zombie" effect. Percocet can cause nausea in some ppl so eliminating or cutting down on that can reduce the need for nausea meds. This is the standard treatment for H-pylori since it has to be treated aggressively. She has my sympathy, "I've been there, done that". She must complete the whole 2 week regimen then have a hemocult to be sure she is no longer positive. Hopefully she is negative by then, because if not, its 2 more weeks of it all. Best of luck to her & prayer can never hurt.
I haven't heard of all those other heavy medications. But definitely Flagyl, Kflex and the other Antibiotics but all those other ones I'd definitely have her or her husband Question the reasoning behind the Xanax, Promethazine etc. Unless she too has other diagnoses in which her health care provider saw fit to prescribe.
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