I took Clindamycin starting in Sept 2011. I was a year post op from having my large intestine removed and had been using my j-pouch about
9 months. I had had UC for 6 years. I was put on the Clindamycin bc of an abcessed tooth. Well, the tooth infection did not get better and so they continued me on Clindamycin - and yes, the dentists knew about
my condition. Long story short, I took Clindamycin for 4 straight months - from Sept 2011 - December 2011.
Starting on January 2, 2011 was my first ER trip in basically a year. I had the worst diarrhea and pains ever. My j-pouch was in a convulsive state that had me crying all day and night. Fast forward to today... in the past 5 months I've had 8 ER visits, 5 hospital admittances (4 for GI issues; 1 for double pneumonia with a collapsed lung). I've had 4 flex sigmoidoscopies and 3 balloon dilations... and as of 4 weeks ago, my diagnosis was changed to Crohn's. I'm starting Humira today and hoping I can go into remission. I've been in a horrible flare for 5 months (with little to NO medication bc they thought I had had UC and didn't want to give medications that might not work).
With that said, yes I think Clindamycin triggered something to spin my body into another tailspin. After years of hell living with UC, I thought the j-pouch surgery would help me get my life back... now I'm a Crohnie who has jumped right back onto the immunosuppressant cycle.
Side note: my mom (who has NO IBD or intestinal problems) had an abcessed tooth in February and she took Clindamycin. She took it for 3 days and was having the worst stomach pains and diarrhea. She stopped taking it and started feeling better. Like she said, "if I'm perfectly normal/healthy and it made me feel that awful, no wonder you can't stay out of the hospital and got your diagnosis changed to Crohn's!"