anybody taken nystatin or anti-fungals ?

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   Posted 10/28/2007 6:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I have just started taking nystatin(I think I spelled it correctly- I am on to many meds. to keep track of all of their spellings).
Anyway, I am getting bad headaches, sugar cravings and nausea/ worse "d" since starting this new med. THe doc. put me on it bc he thinks I have candida. I am guessing maybe I feel this way bc the bacteria are hopefully dying off. Anyone experienced these symtpoms and felt better regarding crohns symptoms after taking antifungals ? I have been limiting most processed sugars and bread as well.
I am still eating potatoes though and ensure prn.
thanks guys,

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   Posted 10/28/2007 7:37 PM (GMT -6)   


Yes, you are experiencing a die-off (Herxheimer's Response). Fungus, not bacteria is being killed because you are starving it by reducing foods that feed it, along with taking the Nystatin, a powerful antifungal. That is a good sign, actually. You know now that you have a fungal/yeast problem. CD and UC has been known to have a fungal etiology. I'm betting your CD symptoms will lessen as you continue on the antifungal program.I would stay off the potatoes, and all grains, as well, for awhile. They are high in carbs/starch. Check the sugar content in the Ensure. For me, I had UC symptoms, on and off for 8 years. After following an antifungal program, with natural antifungals, I was well within 2 weeks. I did experience the die-off as you described. I thought at one point I was going to have to go to the ER, I had severe joint and stomach pain, LOTS of D, and very tired and foggy brained. Stayed in bed for a few days. After 5 days, I was on the road to recovery. Good for your doctor to try something like this. Many doctors don't know, or believe that fungus can cause many of our health problems. Let us know how you make out. :)


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   Posted 10/29/2007 11:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Sound like die off. Yeast loves sugar, so a yeast overgrowth can cause sugar cravings. 

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   Posted 10/29/2007 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I've used Nystatin many times and I did have sugar cravings, and my mouth was actually pretty painful for a while. I had some pretty severe thrush and it really helped though. Good luck!


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   Posted 10/30/2007 12:12 AM (GMT -6)   

Ensure is loaded with sugar and corn syrup. 

These ingredients aren't really good for anybody, but are especially unhelpful if you are trying to get rid of a yeast overgrowth. 

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