why so some people take flagyl

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   Posted 1/22/2008 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   
i see sometimes that people take flagyl -is it for specific infection or part of uc treatment.
Mom to 19 year old daughter diagnosed 11/07.
asacol 2 3x daily-discontinued
colazal 3 3x daily/switched to 4 4x daily
proctofoam 3x daily/1-2xdaily
mesalamine enema 1x daily
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   Posted 1/22/2008 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Flagyl is an antibiotic that's used against anaerobic bacteria like c. dificile and some kinds of parasites. In UC, it's usually for diagnosed or suspected c. dif infection.
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Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.

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   Posted 1/22/2008 5:39 PM (GMT -6)   
i took it to treat a bacterial infection in my lower intestine (colitis related...i think). it was very expensive and worked just okay, i would ask you GI about other antibiotics.
diagnosed with cecal volvulus, 2006; two colon resections in the same year
diagnosed with colitis 2007
malrotated colon
no cecal valve, removed during surgery

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Amitriptyline to slow gastric emptying

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   Posted 1/22/2008 7:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Flagyl is a vile drug (like taking insecticide) that was originally marketed as an amebicide. In fact, in the 1970s the Public Health Interest Research Group recommended that it be prescribed ONLY to use against amoeba (very hard to kill off) because it had caused chromosome damage in research lab animals. It gives the patient a very strong metallic taste in the mouth, usually after 3-4 days on it. Some gastros started using it to treat IBD, generally in combo with other meds & usually for Crohn's disease-- because they think it is more bacteria-driven than UC. It is also used to treat pouchitis in post-operative patients. It's a potent drug that's best avoided unless absolutely necessary because it can cause peripheral neuropathy, nerve damage in the extremities with extended use. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

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   Posted 1/22/2008 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Every time a GI or my colon and rectom surgeon put me on it, it never did a thing...but for many it helps.

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

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   Posted 1/22/2008 10:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Yuck! Don't personally recommend it. Huge pill, metallic taste, I couldn't take it with water because it made the gagging reflex triple, and caused some temporary nerve loss in my feet. Went a whole month feeling as if my feet were asleep and told to see a neurologist who prescribed Neurontin, which fixed it.
Age 17

Diagnosed September '01
Remission since July '02

Asacol- 4 pills 3xday
Azathioprine- 75mg 1xmorning
Took Remicade 3 times, BIG FAN!!!!

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