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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 6/24/2007 8:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had IBS for as long as I can remember. Just recently I went back to my stomach doctor. He prescibed me a medicine called Metronidazole. It is an antibiotic and I am baffled to why he prescribed it to me. I have found no changes in my stomach pains and bowel movements. I am sceduled for a colonoscopy for Tues. and he told me I could cancell if the pills work. Its only been a few days on them and I am so frustrated that I have seen no changes.
Is anyone else using this presciption and if so have you found that it has helped with symptoms?

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Date Joined Apr 2004
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   Posted 6/24/2007 12:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I take Pamine Forte 5mg for my IBS.Works great.

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Date Joined Mar 2005
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   Posted 6/24/2007 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Metronidazole (also called Flagyl) is an antibiotic that is used to treat bacterial or parasitic infections in the gut.  A lot of people respond quite well to it, but others don't.  I've taken several 10-day courses of it and even though it causes side effects in me (headaches and nausea) I've found that it really improves my diarrhea and abdominal pain after I'm done.  It usually takes a few weeks for the symptoms to ease up, however, after the medication is finished.  What kind of symptoms do you typically have?
Sounds like your doctor is willing to try various things to try to help you, so that's a good thing.  IBS is frustrating for doctors because what works for one person may not work for another, and some people really just don't respond well to treatment.  Finish the course of the medication if you can, but try not to feel too discouraged if your symptoms don't improve.  It'd probably be a good idea to get the colonoscopy anyway.
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