Antibiotics and Crohn's ?

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hodgesbmx
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   Posted 7/14/2008 1:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I recently had a tooth infection and was prescribed antibiotics by my dentist. I have been flaring up and feeling pretty bad for a while now. I have been feeling pretty good since i started the antibiotics. Is it possable that the antibiotics are making me feel better?
We're so busy watching out for what's just ahead of us that we don't take time to enjoy where we are.
 
 
40 yr. old married male in Michigan, diagnosed with Crohn's in 2002 , started out on Pentasa 4 pills 4 x a day, currently on Lialda 3 1.2gm pills daily.


pb4
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   Posted 7/14/2008 2:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Not surprising because there is a link to bacteria and IBD...BUT, it's important you take a good probiotic daily and indefinitely whether you're on antibiotics or not...and you should also know that antibiotics tend to kill everything, making your system more vulnerable at the same time...so always take your probiotics at least 2 hours AFTER you're done taking your antibiotics for the day...a good probiotic I use is called Primadophilus Rueteri made by Natures Way.

:)
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FallColors
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   Posted 7/14/2008 5:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello,

Docs use certain antibiotics as maintainence therapies for CD -- especially for abscessess and fistulas. I've been on levaquin for several months a couple of times/ I suggest you tell your Doc what you are experiencing and see if he/she wants to include them in your treatment.

Zanne
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   Posted 7/14/2008 6:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been on Xifaxan for a about 2 years, an antibiotic for travelers D. It has been a miracle drug for me. It is only used off label for CD. So yes there are some antibiotics that can help CD. I've also been on some antibiotics that have made me so much sicker, as pb4 said you need to replace the good bacteria with probiotics. It is just like everything else with CD, individual. We each have to learn for ourselves.
Suzanne

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


Jen77
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   Posted 7/14/2008 8:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Depends on the antibiotic for me. There have been a few that made me VERY ill with just one pill! Talking blood and all. I put that on my lists of never again. LOL Others don't bother me, but I can't say they helped my Crohn's either.

Glad it's helping you though!
~Jennifer
 
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Currently taking Prednisone: tapered to 2.5 mg *eek*, Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure).


Blossom
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   Posted 7/14/2008 10:56 PM (GMT -7)   

Most antibiotics give me the runs (and I generally have constipation from Crohn's), however, eating yogurt with live cultures usually helps counteract the diarrhea problem. 

Some of you mentioned taking Probiotics.  Have any of you females experienced more frequent vaginal yeast infections since taking them?

 


53 year old female;
 
Have had Crohn's of terminal ileum for 8 yrs, but finally accepted diagnosis when it was confirmed Feb. 2008.
 
Allergic to Pentasa and Entocort.  Will go on 6-MP in a few months.


sr5599
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   Posted 7/14/2008 11:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been on Xifaxan for a couple months now and do think it's making a difference. Will know for sure when I go off it entirely in a week. (Trying to figure out if it's Tysabri on it's own or the cocktail.)

Definitely yes to more yeast infections. Not as much with Xifaxan as with Cipro or Flagyl though.
--40 year old female, dx as UC in '04 (1st symptoms in '03), switched to Crohn's in '05, 1 fistula, crohn's colitis, limited to large intestine
--rejected (reaction/didn't work): Asacol, AZA, 6-MP, MTX, Remicade, Humira, prednisone
--methylpred - finally off 6/15/08, tried Prochymal in Phase III study (can't wait til it's approved!)
--started Tysabri 3/21/08, started Xifanan 5/24/08 
--single mom to 10-yr-old girl


Guardian
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   Posted 7/15/2008 3:45 AM (GMT -7)   
pb4 said...

Not surprising because there is a link to bacteria and IBD...BUT, it's important you take a good probiotic daily and indefinitely whether you're on antibiotics or not...and you should also know that antibiotics tend to kill everything, making your system more vulnerable at the same time...so always take your probiotics at least 2 hours AFTER you're done taking your antibiotics for the day...a good probiotic I use is called Primadophilus Rueteri made by Natures Way.


I absolutely agree with you pb4.
Antibiotics always work for me. However, despite their benefit in treating disease, patiend should be careful with side effects. For example, metronidazole should not be taken during pregnancy, or by men (or women?) planning conception.

I am an administrotor of the russian IBD forum and many people says that VSL#3 works very well. Some people able to control their CD or UC with the help of strong probiotics only :-) When I say 'strong' I mean, it should contain at least several billions of good bacteria per one dose.

P.S. Please, sorry for my English eyes


Living with Crohn's Disease since 2002

Meds that currently work for me:

-- 5-ASA (Salofalk, Pentasa pills and enemas)

-- Budesonide (Budenofalk rectal foam and pills)

-- Metronidazole (Flagyl)

-- Ciprofloxacin

-- Probiotics

-- Vitamins

No Surgeries

Russian
IBD and Celiac Disease support community - Forum administrator

Post Edited (Guardian) : 7/15/2008 7:05:33 AM (GMT-6)


pb4
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   Posted 7/15/2008 9:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Guardian :) your english is fine and did not affect your post as it was very clear and understandable.

I also agree about the VSL3, studies have shown that the majority of UC patients went into remission while the rest noted at least some improvements with their symptoms...this study was based on UC patients only, but I know that many with CD have also noted great improvements as well, if not remission.

Flagyl is often used for IBDers to aid with their symptoms especially when dealing with abcesses/fistulas/anal disease.

 

:)


My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)


gumby44
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   Posted 7/15/2008 2:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Cipro has helped me for D...I don't completely understand why. I find that VSL #3 makes me constipated...at first I didn't believe it was the cause, but it happens every time. I do eat yogurt daily, and I am considering trying another brand of probiotics, because it makes sense to me that it should help!
49 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in small intestine and terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007. Also have IBS, and had Salmonella Dec. '07
currently taking Pentasa- 4 500mg pills per day, Metamucil and colace for constipation

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