Posted 12/3/2007 9:50 PM (GMT -7)
Flagyl and Levaquin are sometimes given to people with Crohn's disease that are experiencing a flare up of their disease. For some, antibiotics work well to stop the symptoms. Many of these same people will take these two meds for extended periods of time, some as long as 6 months.
People with diverticulitis are also treated with the combination of the two meds to control the infection. However, they usually only take them for a standard 10-14 day course.
Drinking alcohol and taking Flagyl is a no-no. Some people get extremely and violently ill if the have a drink when on flagyl. Also, should your friend experience any tingling in the fingers or toes she needs to notify her doctor ASAP. Flagyl can cause neuropathy in the extremeties.
If a bacterial infection is suspected to be causing her gut symptoms, once the appropriate samples are obtained, then antibiotics can be started until the results of the tests come in. Bacterial enteritis can cause symptoms and problems so severe that a person might need to be hiospitalized if not treated quickly so I am guessing that is why they prescribed the antibiotics.
I hope your friend gets better quickly.