Another UC wife said...
Hey there - anyone out here have any experience with taking the following: flagyl, doxycycline and pepto bismol. These are not the easiest meds to take - more so for me it seems.
Reason for asking...we are into day 5 of our 2 week regimine. I have questions mainly for him. For the past day 1/2 he has basically NO rectal discomfort. He even had his annual urology appt and rectal exam this morning which sent him into a tailspin for 3-4 days last year and he's feeling ok which is a surprise. His GI Dr mentioned something along the line that these meds may affect his current discomfort. I am not complaining - this is a good thing (I think) and we are making sure we are taking the pepto bismol to help the stomach, extra acidophilus to replenish the bacteria etc. Is this a short lived thing and after the 2 weeks things will return to what they were? I am curious.
Now for me -- I am having a heck of a time tolerating these meds. I am not having any of the serious warning reactions but these seem to be very harsh on me. I feel like I have a furball in my throat and when I swallow it is like I have thick phlegm that won't go away. Mild headaches, (definitely no alcohol for these 2 weeks + 3 days afterwards while on this medicine I already know about) coffee, tea, soda a bit of a burning sensation as well as some foods. I have never had an ulcer but it almost feels like I have one now. A lot of rumbling, growling in the stomach and I feel hungry all the time. General overall feeling of yuck. I'm staying with it as I have to be rid of it and definitely don't want to mess things up as he is sticking with it. I was 100% fine before this so this is way out of the norm for me.
We are both following the instructions - drinking full glasses of water, taking with food, not laying down for at least 1/2 hr when taking the doxycycline, we take the flagyl first and the doxy 2 hrs later and no other meds for at least 2 hrs after that.
Don't want to sound like a whimp I am just curious how others tolerated this and how it affected them. I pray this eradicates it and when we are re-tested the end of March that it is G-O-N-E!!!
I have recently finished taking a three week stint with Doxycycline for potential Lyme Disease infection. I took it with food, full glass of water (actually took two glasses of water) cut out all milk products except yougurt and only then 2 hours before taking the antibiotics. I also doubled up on my probiotics during this time. I did have ill feelings when I was first on it, but they subsided in about a week. Since I have stopped taking them about a month ago I have noticed a significant increase in gas but that is starting to get back to normal now.
Dx: UC Proctitis 2006
Meds: None so far. Garlic works to ease flares. My GI laughed when I told him and said it was just coincidence.
Diet: Regular fresh garlic, Biobest yogurt daily, Omega 3 supplements, very limited junk food, carbs and processed food, low fat diet. Lots of fresh fruit and veggies (limited potatoes).
Added: tumeric and probiotics.