I cannot stress this enough: If your traditional or holistic practitioner prescribed medication, take the entire prescription.
Do not stop taking medication just because you feel better or to save pills for another flare-up. Medications, especially antibiotics, continue to work even after the symptoms disappear because the symptoms will often disappear before the infection clears. If you stop taking your medication early, the treatment will be suspended, the infection will not completely clear and - worse - will probably return and may produce resistance.
This is equally important for those who will be prescribed daily medications, including steroid nasal sprays and inhalers. Both of these medications take time to build up their effectiveness: you will probably not see results in less than 1 - 2 weeks of use. Therefore, don’t discard them if you are not getting the results you seek immediately. Instead, discuss your results with your doctor. At this time, he or she might tell you to stay the course or to change medications entirely. The decision will be made based on the information that you give your doctor: Make sure to honestly and clearly explain what you have done in terms of following the directions and how you feel. By working together, you will be able to find the right treatment combinations to combat your particular set of symptoms.
Lastly, remember that even when surgery is the right option, medication might still be necessary for the long term. There is no cure for CAID or any of its chronic limbs. Each are serious and some are potentially life threatening, especially asthma and sleep apnea. Don’t fall into thinking that your surgery has cured the disease: Instead it will allow you to deal with CAID as your body starts functioning again on a more normal level. It is really the medication and your body’s defense mechanisms that continue to keep your symptoms at bay.