Flagyl and Cipro..constant diarrhea

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frogeleita
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   Posted 8/27/2009 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
 I am taking 500mg of Cipro twice daily and Flagyl 500mg about 3 times a day..though usually since i have to eat with it and sometimes i am sleeping or napping..i take it only twice..but its making things worse...its supposed to help with inflammation..but its probally creating inflammation..all my poor intestines need is a rest..does this happen with you too and what do you do? I haven't taken my dose today..i am dreading the D and the sick to my stomach feeling...

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Keeper
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   Posted 8/27/2009 4:54 PM (GMT -6)   
It's called antibiotic associated diarrhea. It is likely due to the protective bacteria being killed off and only the drug-resistant nasties being left. For more on the causes and treatment, see: http://www.gihealth.com/html/education/cdifficileRecurrent.html

Mitzo
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   Posted 8/27/2009 5:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Flagyl did that to me too and 2 years later I still have the big D. Took it because my doc thought I had Crohn's instead of UC.
23 years of UC which started after quitting smoking. In and out of flares which are usually triggered by antibiotics. Latest issue is endless diarrhea without blood or mucous.

 


FallColors
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   Posted 8/27/2009 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
This is very normal. Many antibiotics have D as a side effects. They are not causing inflammation -- both of these antibiotics have long histories of anti-infammatory properties. The huge majority of people return to normal soon after stop taking them.

Unfortunately, you do not have an easy choice to make. YOu can choose to stay on antibiotics because you have a very serious infection, and they really do kill the types if bacterial and fungal infections you have (propably several are at work because of the rectal involvement). Or choose to stop the antibioitcs and keep your infection. And taking less than the dose won't work against the infection. I am sorry if I sound so stern. I know how hard it to make the choice to take these "big gun" antibiotics. But a choice is what it comes down to.

You can do things to help the D. Maybe you can tolerate starches like well-cooked white rice and pastas? Reduce fats some, as well as gassy foods like beans and broccoli. I was on these antibiotics for months and found that the D subsided after a couple of weeks.

Hang in there!!
Diagnosed with Crohn's in early 2007.  Several peri-rectal abscesses and two fistulae with setons.  Allergic to Remicade and Humira.  Currently on 6MP, and vitamins D and B-12.


frogeleita
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   Posted 8/27/2009 9:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I know...if only i had the money for some good probiotics..its like never ending copayments....i have to pay a copayment just to look at a nurse...i took the cipro..but can't tolerate the flagyl...i only had like a few days left on both of them anyway..its like now..i have a diaper rash..and it bleeds when i wipe and blood in the stool..lucky for me..this infection itself wasn't that bad...he never thought the incision got infected or anything..i was just draining stuff that was in there..i think because i said i didn't like the fact that it smelled...and i was crying in his office..he gave me the prescription..i am just going to reduce eating period and drink alot of water..sometimes..i slightly fast and it gives me a break in the bathroom..instead of having to run to the bathroom to go..the minute i get up...

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Sniper
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   Posted 8/28/2009 12:11 AM (GMT -6)   
You can get some pills from the drugest. They are cheep . They help put back the good bacteria in your gut. I dont recall the name but tell the drugest and he will know. Plus they taste like cocoa...
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frogeleita
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   Posted 8/28/2009 8:57 AM (GMT -6)   
okay i am going to do that..i was already eating activia...but that might not do the trick...its a vicious cycle..i just can't have any more diarrhea..not when i am starting to bleed...i know thats not a good sign..

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BellaBoo
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   Posted 8/28/2009 6:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I had the same exact reaction when my doctor put me on Cipro and Flagyl at the same time (I was taking 500 mg of each twice daily... that's 2 grams of antibiotic a day! Yikes!) Like everyone else noted, the diarrhea is because you're body's been stripped of the good bacteria it needs.
 
I have had MAJOR problems keeping good bacteria in my system (constant yeast infections/thrush/diarrhea) and the regular yogurt plus typically-available probiotics don't do enough for me. Check the back of the probiotic bottles and make sure that they have a variety of different "good" bacterium. Specifically, you want something with BOTH Acidophilus and Lactobacillus in it. Also, if one probiotic isn't working, you may need to find something with a higher amount of live cultures in it (this will also be listed on the back). I take a probiotic that I buy from a vitamin shoppe that has 500 billion live cultures... whereas most brands only have 10 million or so.
 
The other concern when you're on high doses of antibiotics, especially the Cipro, you can develop an infection called C Dif. Luckily, the typical treatment for C Dif is Flagyl, but you'll need to talk to your doctor to get an opinion on stopping the Cipro if he/she thinks that is the case... they may have you turn in a stool culture to test you for a C Dif infection... that is super fun... I just did one yesterday... gotta love the "hat" they give you... always in style! Hahahaha!
 
Good Luck! And hope you feel better! It's so frustrating when what's supposed to make you feel better only makes things worse!

*B
27 yr old female; dx'd and chronic salmonella in 2006; post-duedenal ulcers since 2006; fistula and seton drain in April 2009; taking Pentasa and Prevacid; starting Humira


frogeleita
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   Posted 8/28/2009 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   
oh okay..i am going to look for those bacteria's...i just need to find stuff that doesn't cost alot..its a recession and i am running out of money..copayments all day long...i talked to my GI..he said just stop the Flagyl and just take the Cipro..cause i told him..well know i have blood in the stool and blood when i wipe..and blood coming from the seton...and he said just go back on Prednisone..so thats what i am doing...my seton gets changed on Tuesday..hooray...

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