Antibiotics ----- Please HELP!!!!!!!

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ShelbyLynn
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   Posted 7/13/2006 6:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I went to the dentist last Thursday to get a tooth pulled and long behold I had an infection and was put on Cephalexin 500mg and I took it for two and a half days that was all I could stand and on Saturday evening I ate two Breyer's no sugar added ice cream bars and BLAM Saturday night I had explosive diarrhea about 6 -7 trips and on Sunday morning about 2 trips and the rest of the day nothing.  On Tuesday I did not go at all and then on Wednesday I went when I got home from work and this morning I had a bowel movement(soft and semi-diarrhea) and around 11 am got an slight attack of diarrhea. mad     My question is I have to fly out of town this Sunday and do not want my diarrhea episodes to kick back in.  Can I take Imodium Advanced, Calcium, Cultrelle(someone told me that they were good to take to get the good bacterial back) and my welchol(no gallbladder) together.  I want to be diarrhea free on the plane..
 
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
 
Thanks,
Shelby

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   Posted 7/13/2006 7:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow thats a lot to take and I have no idea if it would be a good idea. More concerned about the Imodium and Welchol and you backing yourself up. Its good to take probiotics when you are on antibiotics anyway because yes it does replinish the good bacteria. How long is your flight? I'm not sure what to tell you, you may want to run it by your doc, make sure you tell him how bad your D has been.
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ShelbyLynn
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   Posted 7/13/2006 8:22 PM (GMT -7)   
My flight is a little over two hours.  I guess I will just stick with the imodium advance and my welchol.  I will take along my calcium and culturelle for back up if need be!

pb4
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   Posted 7/13/2006 10:25 PM (GMT -7)   
That sugar-free icecream likely has artificial sweetners/sugar substitutes which should be avoided by IBSers...and if you're taking antibiotics it's a good idea to be taking probiotics to bring balance back into your gut flora since antibiotics kills everything...can't help with any quick fixes on D though..I'd try dbab's advice on it.

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Keriamon
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   Posted 7/14/2006 7:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Between the antibiotics and the sugar alcohols in the ice cream, yes, you've certainly been done in. 1 gram of any sugar alcohol will lay me up in bed for 2 solid days in absolute misery.

You can take calcium and Welchol and probiotics together because I've done all of them together before (I do Welchol and calcium pretty much every day). But dbab's right about the imodium may be too much and it will constipate you. If you are still having diarrhea after taking your usual dose of Welchol then you can either take more Welchol (at least my doctor told me to take however much I needed) or try 1/2 of an imodium. I have taken Welchol and imodium at the same time back when I was so messed up last year after having an allergic reaction to sugar alcohols, but you really have to be careful with the imodium, espeically if you are prone to constipation if you take too much calcium or welchol.

I would actually suggest Pepto Bismol pills if you are still having diarrhea after your normal medicine because it is much milder than the imodium, especially the advanced version. Pepto pills have stopped my diarrhea before without ever constipating me. I'm afraid you're just going to have to take medicine and then wait and see before you take more, lest you take too much and mess yourself up. My rule of thumb is 30 minutes. If, after taking some medicine I am not 100% better in 30 minutes, then I will take another dose and wait 30 more minutes. Annoying to have to have diarrhea for 30 minutes to an hour, I know, but it keeps me from taking too much medicine and making me sick the other way the next day. Imodium is very bad to make me severely constipated, so that's why I only take 1/2 a regular pill at a time and, really, I prefer the Pepto Bismol pills. They also help settle my stomach if that's off some too because of something I've eaten.

ShelbyLynn
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   Posted 7/14/2006 10:47 AM (GMT -7)   
How would you advice me to take this stuff how far apart? Can I take it all together at the same time. My doc has me on 2 tabs of Welchol 3X a day and told me not to take calcium and welchol at the same time due to adsorbtion of Welchol will not be as effective.

ShelbyLynn
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   Posted 7/14/2006 10:48 AM (GMT -7)   
In addition have had no diarrhea this morning at all which is great. I hope it continues for my plane trip...

Keriamon
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   Posted 7/14/2006 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I take one Welchol and one calcium pill a day, together, first thing in the morning. If my guts are being really good, I just take one Welchol, but if they are not quite so good, then I take the Welchol and the calcium together. I don't notice that the calcium interferes with the Welchol because when I take both, I get better than when I take just one Welchol. I just know that they both absorb liquids in the intestines--water and bile--so I don't know how they would interefere with each other, but I'm not a doctor.

I'd take the Welchol as your doctor recommends and then try to slip the calcium in at some other time since he doesn't want you taking both together. If you take your Welchol with each meal, then try taking a calcium pill at bedtime and one first thing in the morning, unless you take your Welchol and eat breakfast as soon as you get up--then you'll need to slip it in mid-morning or mid-afternoon. It shouldn't matter when you take the probiotics, but only take the imodium or Pepto Bismol pills after you have given your Welchol 30 minutes to work and only if you have diarrhea or feel like you're about to have it. But after my brush with sugar alcohols last summer, the thing that fixed me up the best was the calcium. I used it in conjunction with my Welchol pills for some time before I got straightened out enough so I needed less medicine.

ShelbyLynn
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   Posted 7/14/2006 12:07 PM (GMT -7)   
This is the Caltrate that I just bought and wonder if its just as good..

http://www.caltrate.com/lc/colorectal.asp
 
I have never noticed a difference either when I took the calcium and welchol together!

Keriamon
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   Posted 7/14/2006 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I just wonder if there's any difference between this and the regular Caltrate 600 w/ vitamin D, other than probably price! I mean, if calcium is good for your colon, then what have they put in their normal calcium supplement to make it more "colon healthy"? Just seems like advertising to me.

I notice it doens't warn people that it can cause constipation. Either that's not being very responsible of them, or they have enough magnesium in this kind to keep it from constipating people--which means it's useless for people who are using it to treat D. Linda (Inape) did a big reserach project into calcium and she concluded that the Caltrate 600 is what is best to take if you have diarrhea. Maybe she will look into this new product and tell us if it's any different than the 600 and if it's even any help to people with D.
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