I have a UTI. It was cultured as sensitive to sulfa, which I am allergic to (I am also allergic to penicillin, but so far I have been able to tolerate penicillin derivatives like Keflex and Suprax). The infection is also sensitive to Ciprofloxacin and Levofloxacin. The last time I took Cipro it made me nauseated, very dizzy and it felt like my joints were on fire. I also have since developed bilateral tendonitis in my Achilles tendons. I don't know if it is related. I have been told by my PCP that if I am unwilling to take the Cipro or Levaquin then I cannot be treated. Is there seriously no other solution?
I am new to this PCP (the result of changes in insurance). I do not have history positive or negative with this PCP. I do have a history of recurring UTI's. The UTI's have become a huge problem because of the antibiotic issue.
I have been given to understand that if a patient is sensitive to multiple antibiotics then they are simply out of luck - is this true? I would almost rather try the sulfa and manage the reaction then try the Cipro, but once you tell a physician you are allergic to an antibiotic you are out of luck.