Antibiotics & IBS

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smiler
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   Posted 1/26/2007 3:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I am on antibiotics but my stomach flared up yesterday.
 
What I would like to know is , will the ABs still work or might I have "lost" them too quickly for them to work - should I inform my doc (have an app. for Tues)?
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   Posted 1/26/2007 5:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi smiler,
If you are referring to D as a "flare" then I would think you are fine. However, if you were vomitting shortly after taking the antibiotic then I would worry about its effectiveness. Back to the D... Antibiotics are notorious for causing D as a side effect. It is quite possible that the antibiotics you are on has caused your flare. Are you taking any probiotics or eating yogurt for preventative measures?
Having said all that, I think it is wise to bring it up to the doc anyway. S/He should know everything that is going on with your health.
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   Posted 1/26/2007 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks Lil.

It was D. I usually don't have a problem with these ABs but there's always a first eyes

Am back to normal today , it was certainly a swift bout so I reckon there was something to blame.

I do have probiotic yogurts now :-)


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   Posted 1/26/2007 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey smiler,
Glad you're feeling better today!  yeah

In case you don't already know this... Keep up the yogurt (or probiotic supplement) for up to 2 weeks after you finish the antibiotic.  It will surely help your guts stay in balance.
See you on the boards!  tongue


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   Posted 2/23/2007 8:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I started a z-pack yesterday. I know am having a bout of diaherrea with gas and cramping about an hour or so after taking the second days dose? I ate an activia yogurt last night and an hour before taking my antibiotic tonight. Does that work as a probiotic? Will this last the whole time I am on the drugs? I would prefer to just stop taking them. I guess that would not be good since I have a burst ear drum from a sinus infection. Levsid and heating pad-any more suggestions?
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   Posted 2/23/2007 8:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Scared,
Don't stop taking your antibiotics. Unless you are severely sick from them you should not stop taking them. The only way they work is if you take them ALL. Also, yes, the Activia yogurt has probiotics in them. You might want to double up though. 1 Activia a day is recommended for regular folks... for you, since you're on antibiotics, you might want to eat 2 a day. Or maybe eat 1 along will a separate probiotic supplement.
Good luck!!! Hope you feel better...
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   Posted 2/23/2007 9:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Through research it's being discovered that taking a good probiotic daily for both IBDers and IBSers can be quite beneficial...you'll get more out of taking a good probiotic then eating the yogurt alone...if you're on antibiotics it's important to take the probiotics at least 2 hrs AFTER taking your anitbiotics because antibiotics kill everything and taking the probiotic before taking the anti will defeat the purpose...probiotcs bring about a healthy and balanced gut flora that's why it's important to take them everyday regardless if you're on antibiotics or not.
 
Here's a good link regarding IBS and probiotics...
 
 
 
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=32941

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   Posted 2/24/2007 10:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Since I have to really monitor my solid food intake, I can't totally rely on yogurt to relieve the diarrhea caused by antibiotics. Lord save me from EVER taking erythromycin again! LOL! I take acidopholus capsules while on antibiotics and they have worked very well for me, not only with the D, but from the yeast infections that invariably crop up while on antibiotics as well. Isn't it just lovely to be a woman sometimes? :-)
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   Posted 2/24/2007 12:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I swear I lose more and more of my GI function, every time I take antibiotics. I never seem to get back to pre-antibiotic state. I take probiotics, but they don't help much.
Erythromycin (Z-pack) is famous for causing stomach cramps. Be sure to take it with food to help decrease those symptoms.

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   Posted 2/27/2007 11:03 AM (GMT -7)   
After my last round of antibiotics, it took three weeks of daily activia yogurt and some acidophillus pills and milk to get me back to normal. And that doesn't count the Culturelle I was on while actually taking the antibiotics.

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   Posted 3/19/2007 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   
It is never good to take antibiotics unless absolutely necessary. Probiotics are much better alternative, there is no bad side to them.

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   Posted 3/20/2007 9:06 AM (GMT -7)   

I had cellulitis and necrosis so I don't think any amount of probiotics would have shifted it - I am still seeing the nurse now , it is healing slowly but it has taken 3 months for the wound to start getting smaller. Thanks anyway :-)

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   Posted 3/20/2007 9:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow, smiler, cellulitis and necrosis? How did that happen - did you have some sort of injury that caused it? Glad you took care of it as those types of infections can become life threatening.
I trust your flare has passed...?
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   Posted 4/6/2007 3:05 AM (GMT -7)   

Lil - I am so sorry for not replying before. I burnt my leg above my R outer ankle in January.

The nurses have been so good to me.

I reckon another month and I will be able to bathe and shower normally yaaaahhhhhoooooo yeah


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   Posted 4/6/2007 9:26 AM (GMT -7)   
My goodness, smiler!! Burns are super painful and high maintenance. I hope everything is good and the infection is gone?
Here's to showering normally soon! Funny how we take the mundane everyday tasks for granted.
Be well!!!
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   Posted 4/7/2007 7:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with everyone about the probiotics. I was only taking them during flareups or while taking antibiotics, but now i take them everyday and they are definitely helping. There is a new one called align...it is $30 per month and it can be ordered online. My GI doctor recommended it and it's helping more than the flora-Q probiotic was. I hope this helps anyone that was looking for a good one! Best wishes to everyone!!
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   Posted 4/7/2007 11:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Mala, thanks for the suggestion! I am always looking for a new probiotic to try. So far I wouldn't give up Culturelle for anything, however, I tend to take more than 1 probiotic a day so I might just try Align.
Hope it keeps working for you! :-)
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