Increased symptoms after taking antibiotics

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   Posted 1/2/2008 3:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had a bad ear infection for a couple weeks now, and had to get on antibiotics to try and help clear it up.  As many of you know, antibiotics can make things worse for us, which has happened to me.  Increased pain throughout the day and increased number of bm's as well.  Not terrible, but worse nonetheless.  My question is this:  after you've taken antibiotics, how long have these worsened symptoms lasted?  FYI, I took the last of the antibiotics (cephalexin) about 2 days ago.
---Nathan---  31 yr old male
Diagnosed May 2006 w/severe UC (pancolitis)
Currently in mild flare
2 400mg Asacol 4X day 2 Lialda/day (we'll see how that goes)
5mg Prednisone done for now :)
1 multivitamin/day
2 grams calcium/day
75mg Imuran/day
100mg Tramadol/day for abdominal pain (as needed)
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   Posted 1/2/2008 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   
It's hard tfor me to say how long these worsened symptoms last because when this happens to me, I usually try to catch it right away before it progresses into anything worse. I don't wait to see what happens. This is the point where I will increase my Rowasa enemas to 2 per day instead of one. If that doesn't cut it, I will bump up my Asacol for a period of time. That always seems to do the trick for me when dealing with antibiotics.
Current Medications:
- Asacol (4 pills, 3x per day)
- Rowasa (1 enema daily, as needed)
- Folic Acid (1 mg, 1x per day)
- Calcium (600 mg, 2x per day)
- Prenatal Vitamin (1x per day)
- Iron (2x per day)

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   Posted 1/2/2008 4:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you have a health store nearby that might carry a good probioitic? That would be my advice, to get yourself on some good probiotics.

Good luck, Nathan!

Sporadic proctitis since about 1985. Mother had J-pouch surgery 1983.
DX'd with clostridium difficile in 2000. Pred, two courses of Flagyl, then Vancomycin finally got rid of it. 2001 colonoscopy dx'd left-sided UC. . Treated with prednisone, Rowasa, Asacol. Asacol not working, switched to Imuran. Three small flares since in 2002, 2005, and 2007, brought under control with steroid and Rowasa enemas. Lap Chole performed October 26, 2007, after gall bladder attack in June, '07.
Daily meds: 100 mg Azathioprine and 225 mg Effexor XR (for chronic, longstanding depression), many vitamins and Primadophilus Reuteri

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   Posted 1/2/2008 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
interesting...I started bleeding about a month after being on antibiotics..I wonder if its related?!?!
UC diagnosed 1991
Asacal, zoloft,levoxyl

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   Posted 1/2/2008 6:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I was pretty clear of bleeding for a while, but recently I got a tooth infection and began taking antibiotics (along with a root canal). After this time, and maybe other factors, I started to bleed again. I think my taking probiotics simultaneous (or rather, about an hour or so after), it has helped. Take something like florastor, which is a probiotic yeast which would not be affected by the antibiotics and shown affective, but it is worth getting some form of good bacteria in as well, even though they will be killed off often by the meds.
Pancolitis '04
Yet to ever go into remission, additional Flare-up since Aug 12th and still atempting to work in the midst of it Time off work since 10/17. 
Finally seeing some improvement; likely was complicated with a digestional yeast overgrowth.
On Lialda (2/dy), probiotics, Oriental Medical Tea & Prescribed Diet, Fish Oil, Folic Acid

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   Posted 1/2/2008 7:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Remember, probiotics should be taken at least 2 hours AFTER you're done taking antibiotics for the day, or the antis will kill off the pros, since antibiotics kill virtually everything.

Even when in remission everyone with IBD/IBS should continue taking a good probiotic.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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