Antibiotic Side Effects

Following your initial procedure you will be placed on IV antibiotics for approximately six weeks. This will require a nurse, or someone in your family, to administer the antibiotics on a regular basis. Every week or so you will have lab work drawn. It will be very important that your caregiver who administers your antibiotics keep your picc line (a port that is used to give the antibiotics) extremely clean. Careful attention is required to clean the port before and after every session of antibiotics. When taking a shower it is important to keep your picc line dry. Press and Seal wrap by GLAD, followed by SARAN wrap will usually keep the picc line dry.

Antibiotic side effects are very common; in essence, it is a form of chemotherapy. Patients can experience loss of appetite, nausea, or generalized fatigue. If these symptoms become severe, you should discuss this with your infectious disease doctor who is managing your antibiotics. During this period, if you do experience a loss of appetite or nausea, it would be important to take liquid nutritional supplements such as Ensure, Sustacal, or other conventional nutritional supplements. Protein shakes are another alternative. It is important for you to maximize caloric intake during the recovery period to make sure your wound heals and readies you for the next surgery. Additionally, it is important to take a vitamin D supplement since you will not be getting outside as often as usual. It is also helpful to take a multivitamin on a daily basis.