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   Posted 2/10/2008 11:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi I've read that there are some antibiotics that are used to treat UC symtoms. I have been in remission since December and I want to keep it that way. I am feeling ill and am concerned that when I go to the PCP she will prescribe antibiotics. So if she does. Does anyone know of an anitbiotic that will help my UC or at least hopefully not cause a flare as they have in the past.

Left-sided colitis diagnosed at age 28 in 2001
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   Posted 2/10/2008 11:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I try not to go on antibiotics at all. I am prone to sinus infections, so when I start getting sick, I use a neti pot to cleanse my sinuses and get prescription strength sudafed from the dr.
There are some recent studies indicating that antibiotics don't really do anything for sinus and ear infections anyway. So ask your dr about other options than antibiotics first. You don't have to use antibiotics for those ailments.
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   Posted 2/11/2008 1:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the information. I have used neti pots in the past. Everytime I have I have gotten sicker unfortunately. My ENT specialist says I am just one of the few that happens to. The last time I felt like this I was ill until I got anibiotics so if I have to take them anyone have any suggestions as to what kind?
Left-sided colitis diagnosed at age 28 in 2001
Asacol 4 pills 3 times per day
Hydrocortisone Enema and Rowasa Enema rotating days for the next thirty days
Prenatal vitamins

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   Posted 2/11/2008 3:18 AM (GMT -6)   
One of my UC treatments was Ciproflaxin actually. Not sure if it's used for colds, but I was on it before for a UTI before the UC diagnosis. Otherwise I was recently on Metronidazole and had no problems on it....actually made things even better for a little. not sure in people, but i know in animals we use it to treat diarrhea in puppies. Your doctor should be aware of antibiotic interactions with your meds and the UC disease. I tend to just trust their judgement and how my body responds

23 yrs old
Diagnosed with UC: March 2004 with probable IBS component

Currently taking:
Asacol 4pills 3x/day
Prograf 5mg/day
(Prograf is my miracle drug! It doesn't seem to be well known, but it's fantastic!)

Previously Tried:
Prednisone (works, but such awful side effects!), 6-MP (gave me acute pancreatitis), Entocort, Cipro (antibiotic), Bentyl, Canasa suppositories, a couple different enemas

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   Posted 2/11/2008 7:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I have taken Zithromycin (Z-pack) for bronchitis just a few months ago and I had no Uc symptoms. I had to take Cipro in the past and it gave me the most horrible D. But basically you want to stay away from any of the 'cyclines or 'cillians because they can cause gastro upset. I hope you feel better!
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   Posted 2/11/2008 8:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I think one of the safest is the Z-pack, if for no other reason than you only have to take a limited number of pills. I know when I got bronchitis a few years ago and was scared to death to take another antibiotic after my episode of c-diff with Cipro, my doctor suggested the Z-pack and it worked well for me.


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.
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   Posted 2/11/2008 9:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I would also suggest Zithromax (z-pack).
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Diagnosed with UC March 2007; yet to go into remission
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Rowasa (generic) - daily
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   Posted 2/11/2008 9:51 AM (GMT -6)   
To the best of my knowledge all antibiotics basically do the same thing...kill bacteria. The problem is they can't distinguish the difference between the good bacteria in your body and the bad, so they kill them all. That is why it is important to take a good probiotic during and after taking an antibiotic.
As far as I know, the only real difference is the strength of the antibiotic; for example Levaquin is a very powerful antibiotic and will probably kill more bacteria with fewer pills than other antibiotics. So, I think you question should be, "what are the most effective probiotics out there?"

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   Posted 2/11/2008 12:11 PM (GMT -6)   
My doctor rx'd me a steroid nasal spray for a re-occuring sinus infection. It did the trick. Ammoxocillin makes me sick and causes me secondary infections. I think Ive done the Zpac before without trouble like others recommended. I do take probiotics with it though. I feel for you. Good luck! With the steroid nasal spray the doc had me taking zinc pills a few times a day. It worked great but then made me really naseaus and I vomitted white foam. I say it is good to get some zinc just not tooooo much!!!
26 Year old married female.  Diagnosed w/ CD 3 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.  Currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day, hysociamine prn, nexium, and ortho evra.  Good times!!!

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   Posted 2/11/2008 12:28 PM (GMT -6)   
The Zithromax gave me a little problem, but to be fair I was in major trouble from 3 days of Erythromycin when I got it switched to Zithromax. I'd take it again and hope for no problems. Cipro hasn't bothered me in the past.

If those two fail me, I'm going to start demanding a prescription for injectable antibiotics and syringes. I'd much rather give myself shots than trigger a bad flare.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
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