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glaciergrl
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   Posted 4/13/2008 6:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I am very confused. I have been having some pretty terrible episodes lately and I wasn't sure what to do about it. In the past cipro has seemed to set me in the right direction so I asked for an rx. I took it for about a week. I was doing great! I actually had formed stools, no abdominal pain, etc. Whereas a few days before I was taking immodium just to get through the day. I finished my week course and now I'm back to being worse than ever. Does anyone know why or what cipro does to work? Do I have something else going on? I'm beside myself. I know normal is a lot to ask for but any answers or even guesses would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Holly

Entocort
Humira

ddneilson
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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 4/13/2008 7:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Not being a doctor, I can't say for certain. But, here's a semi-wild guess. Cipro is an antibotic; apparently it inhibits bacteria replication. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ciprofloxacin) So, my guess would be that your problem, at the moment, is an overabundance of 'bad' bacteria in your gut.

So, you might try something to get your bacteria back in balance; some sort of probiotic. Apparently VSL #3 does wonders for inducing remission in UC patients -- 70-80% remission rates in some studies. Other people here might be able to suggest other probiotics that work for them.

-Daniel
Universal Colitis since 09/2003
Current Meds:
Asacol (1200mg 3x daily), [occationally alternate Asacol with Pentasa]
Prednisone (5mg, tapering),
VSL #3 (4 packet/day),
Calcium Supplement,
Multivitamin


julee70
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   Posted 4/13/2008 10:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Cipro also has the side effect of constipation. So it could be that the side effect works for you but once you stop, you are back to where you were.

A probiotic, as suggested by Daniel, is a good idea and easy to try.

What exactly are your symptoms? Has the Entocort and Humira worked in the past?
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UC for the last ten years
Current Meds: 6MP since 2006, Cortifoam
Past Meds: You name it; I've tried it. (Asacol, Colazol, Pentasa, DiPentum, Rowasa, Canasa, Cortenema, sulfasalazine)
5ASA drugs don't work for me. Canasa seems to make me worse.


glaciergrl
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Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 269
   Posted 4/13/2008 10:22 PM (GMT -6)   
The entocort has been the only thing to help me. I have had allergic reactions to sulfa, asacol (so that rules out any ASA), and imuran messed up my liver. I have only been on the humira since december. At times I have felt like it is working but most of the time I am not so sure. I also have erythema nodosum related to my colitis and the humira has lessened that it seems. I'm not really sure what else to do. I have only been in remission once since being diagnosed in nov 2004. If the cipro can settle my colon down for awhile I would like to keep at it. I will look into the probiotics though. I haven't tried it yet.
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