folic acid and antibiotics

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   Posted 8/11/2010 2:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I need any knowledge on this subject. yesterday around 7pm when hubby got home from work I gave him our daughter and I went to lay down, I ended up falling asleep till 9. I woke up very weak, can't lift anything, could barely walk, and my arms kept making involuntary movements (mostly my right) plus everything feels heavy like lead. I called my mom (an RN) to get her input, she asked if I had slept on my arms (I didn't wake up on them) then said to keep my fluids up and give it time. by 10 I was so nauseous that I threw up. I couldn't get off the bathroom floor and hubby had to carry me back to bed. He brought me his laptop so I could see if it was a reaction to the antibiotics I started just over a week ago. I could barely type, and my arms kept flipping out. Couldn't find anything that fit my description. Decided to keep waiting it out and fell asleep for a very long night.

This morning I wake up and I could walk but I lose my balance and am still very weak and heavy. my arms aren't constantly flipping out but they are very shaky. I can type better anyways. and I threw up again this morning. I called my GI dr at 915am to see if it was a reaction. 1230 I get a call back saying to stop the Flagyl and increase my folic acid to 2 mg a day. If I still feel this way by Friday, they want me in to do labs.

So my question is: does anyone know if antibiotics (namely Flagyl) can mess up folic acid levels which in turn can lead to what I'm experiencing?

fyi I was taking 500mg of both Flagyl and Cipro twice a day.
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   Posted 8/11/2010 5:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Go to the ER. Those are symptoms that neccessitate immediate treatment.

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   Posted 8/12/2010 10:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I think I would also go to the ER. Neurological issues are not anything to mess around with.
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