The only negative was that the PFT's showed my FEV1 (Forced Expiratory Volume in One Second) has dropped from a high of 2.1 liters post-transplant to 1.6 liters 5 years later. So the transplant team has prescribed azithromycin (Zithromax) 3 days a week in an effort to not only halt, but reverse the declining lung function.
Zithromax is a macrolide antibiotic and this treatment is based on studies done with lung transplant patients who have Bronchiolitis Obliterans Syndrome (BOS). It has not been confirmed that I actually have BOS but I'm happy to go along with the theory that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
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