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   Posted 4/17/2008 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a question I hope someone can help me with right away as I have to go the pharmacy soon and don't want to waste money.  I have been dealing with a flare for quite a while now.  I have been taking Lialda and Rowasa, but I am still having incredible abdominal pain.  I called the doctor and he has prescribed Cipro, Flagyl and Darvocet.  I think I have taken Flagyl so I'm OK with taking it again (except you can't drink tongue ), but I am really scared to take Cipro.  I have read some really horrible things about it, like it causes damage to ligaments - I work out - and some people have had severe reactions and have been hospitalized - their skin literally came off their body.  I also have Xifaxan.  Should I just take the Xifaxan and Flagyl or should I go ahead and take the Cipro along with the others?  I am very cautious about the medications I take and for some reason I have an uneasy feeling about Cipro. 
I would appreciate any advice that you can offer.
Diagnosed with UC in September of 2006
My current meds are Rowasa and Lialda
Current state - Flaring

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   Posted 4/17/2008 1:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I have taken cipro numerous times due to immune deficiency needing higher scale antibiotics. I have never had a problem w/ it, however , i have not taken it w/ any of the other meds. Call your doc if your concerned. good luck

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   Posted 4/17/2008 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   
my experience w/cipro.

I took it for two weeks in combination w/steriod enemas and I had drastic improvement. I don't recall any bad side effects. This was in 10/07, I don't know which helped me more.

All drugs have bad side effects, pred for me is the worst, though sulfasalazine gave me kidney disease and I have to take pred for that, so change that.......sulfasalazine is the worst for me personally (and that is one of the 'safer' drugs). It all depends on how your body reacts........mine just has a hypersensitivity.
Beth, 32 ~ Major Flare Sept/Oct 07 ~ in remission
UC dx'd 03/00 (Proctosigmoiditis); Pancolitis since 09/07
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Prilosec, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) dx'd 09/07 - partial remission since 03/08
Prednisone 20mg 1xday (taper 5mg a week from 60 = ), Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Enalpril 10mg 1xday, Fursomide 20mg 1xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.  Do you have edema? If so, check your protiens!
Pre-Diabetic from Prednisone use - Low carb/sugar diet & exercise.

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   Posted 4/17/2008 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I have taken cipro in the past and never had a bad reaction.

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   Posted 4/17/2008 6:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Cipro is one of only two antibiotics I can take without flaring. It doesn't have a higher rate of adverse reactions than other antibiotics in general, and definitely fewer adverse effects than a c. diff infection, which is what it sounds like you may have.
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.
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The information I share on this forum is based only on my own experience and study. It is important to consult your health care provider when making health-related decisions.

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   Posted 4/17/2008 8:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I recently took a dose of Cipro, 2 weeks (2 pills/day) and I had no reaction or issues whatsoever. Now it didn't help me either, and I too was taking it along with flagyl.

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   Posted 4/17/2008 8:58 PM (GMT -6)   
my daughter takes xifaxin (rifaxamin) for the symptoms you described -of course you could have something different- but it seems to work very wellfor her, she is onn it for about 2 months now and will be staying on it until she sees the dr in june- we don't want to change anything until the semester ends. her dr believes it is a good drug for bloating and it seems to work.
i know that it doesn't go through your whiole body like other antibiotics-and i know what you mean about the muscle problems, as a runner, i've had muscled problems in my calves from cipro and i think levaquin
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
canasa suppostiories 3x daily /switched to court supp 1-2x daily
culturelle probiotic 1 daily
chewable vitamin
hydrocortisone enema at bed time 6mp50
xifaxan antibiotic 400mg 2x day

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   Posted 4/17/2008 10:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I always request Cipro when I need an antibiotic. It's the only one that doesn't rip up my gut.
Dx'D in 1990. Remission 1991 - 1/2005
Both flares were in extremely stressful times in my life
Colonoscopy 10/2005 80% of Colon diseased, or as I like to say "Intestinely challenged"
*****9/2007 dumped my GI who I refer to as "Satan" New GI, new med TOTAL remission with in 2 weeks.
Colazal 9 capsules a day*****

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