Sinus Infection & antibiotics

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Nanners
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   Posted 12/15/2009 12:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Anybody have a sinus infection and have to take antibiotics?  If so, which one work best for you without tearing your gut up?  I have a sinus infection right now and know I need to get on some antibiotics, just don't know what works for our sensitive guts.  Like to go in with some suggestions.  Thanks~!
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Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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Rider Fan
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   Posted 12/15/2009 12:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Have you tried a neti-pot for irrigation instead? My wife used to get sinus infections that lasted for months until she started irrigating.
33 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

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Octobergirl
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   Posted 12/15/2009 12:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I can tell you what not to take. The amoxicillin that was prescribed for my sinus infection started the whole storm that lead to my diagnosis. Within 2 days of starting it, I had D, and it went downhill from there. So hopefully they don't put you on that! However, I'm sure everyone is different, and I felt like they prescribed me a very high dosage, so maybe it would work better for you.

I think the netti pot it a good idea too. I wish I would have just stuck with that instead of going on the antibiotics, but I couldn't get past the feeling of water going up my nose. I'll give it a shot next time though to avoid antibiotics.

Sorry you are feeling sick, and I hope you feel better soon!

wednesday77
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   Posted 12/15/2009 2:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I feel like the mess I am in right now is because of last month's antibiotics - I took amoxicillan maybe? I don't think it matters unless it's Flagyl or vancomycin (which I have never taken, just the Flagyl). I will not take any antiobiotics again without exhausting all other possibilities - EVER! :(

I hope you find a way to get better that doesn't upset your inside too much! Good luck!
32 yr old Female
Crohn's Colitis
DX 12/06
 
Currently on Remicade, trying to remember to take Multivitamin and Calcium, need to start taking Probiotics and Omega 3-6-9 and Vitamin D
 
 


MikeB
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   Posted 12/15/2009 3:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Nanners I sugger from chronic sinusitis. My ENT doc has been after me for a few years to have the surgery, but all the reports I have had were that it has limited success rates. When I flare into a full-blown infection he uses levaquin, which is one of the quinolone antibiotics. It does have some side effects -- there have been reports of tendon ruptures in the legs, not sure why, but I have always done well with it. He also suggests taking probiotics to maintain the gut flora during the course of treatment, but that is a good idea with any antibiotic. A second line AB for sinusitis is probably Cipro.

Becky77
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   Posted 12/15/2009 5:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Zithromax, Levaquin or Cipro. Any of the penicillin based ones mess my stomach up more. I do recommend the sinus irrigation though. It'll help get rid and keep your symptoms gone.
Becky

31 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05, Bilateral pulmonary emboli 10/09
Currently on Humira, Omeprazole, Effexor, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D, sublingual B12, Coumadin


Nanners
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   Posted 12/16/2009 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeah I am doing the sinus irrigation too. Doc put me on Keflex which I have taken in the past with no problems, hope it stays the same way this time. My nose is so plugged up I can barely breathe. Uggghhhh..............
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease & Anxiety/Panic
Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

SydneyJo
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   Posted 12/16/2009 3:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I was going to say Keflex - but you are already on course :)
UGH I hate having sinus infections (((Nanners))) Hope the AB works pronto for you :)
Jo
Crohn's Disease, Ankylosing Spondylitis
Current meds: Methotrexate, Prednisone, Humira
Bowel Resection Sept. 07
 
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The Mule
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   Posted 12/16/2009 3:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Was gonna say 'neti pot' but someone above beat me to it. Takes some getting used to but I'm telling you, well worth it.
Seems like there are lots of options out there, if folks are looking for 'other' things to try. Alternative treatments, natural remedies, etc.
Also be aware that there have been advances in the treatment of CHRONIC sinusitis. It used to be that surgery was the only answer but balloon sinuplasty and others have added to the list of viable options.
Really though, everyone needs to find the solution that fits them best. Every condition, every person is different. Kinda obvious, but still.
Hope you feel better and find the right solution.
Take care.

Kittiecat
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   Posted 12/23/2009 12:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I am currently taking Biaxin for my sinus infection.  It has not made my flare-up any worse.

 


lizziebear
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   Posted 12/23/2009 12:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I will second (or third?) the neti pot suggestion.
Also, from what I understand the use of balloon sinuplasty is somewhat limited. Great for when you simply need the nasal passages opened up but not as simple as one-to-one alternative for sinus surgery.
My 2 cents. Take care and happy holidays everyone.
LBH

AzJohnny
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   Posted 12/23/2009 5:51 PM (GMT -7)   
The only way I'll take antibiotics is by IV or IM. Never again by mouth, that is the worst thing I can do that I know of so far.

((((Gail)))) I get sinus infections too. I hope it clears up soon.
AzJohnny


I feel a whole lot more the way I do now than I did a little while ago.
Crohn's Dx April 2006. Pentasa and Entocort EC


Nanners
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   Posted 12/24/2009 7:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Yep the neti pot and Keflex got rid of it. Thank goodness!
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease & Anxiety/Panic
Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

Nosilla73
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   Posted 12/24/2009 8:26 AM (GMT -7)   
I, too, have a very very sensitive stomach especially when it comes to antibiotics. Keflex works for me for ear and throat infections. I also took Levequin recently and though I was nauseated I didn't vomit or get diahrrea.
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