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billo
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   Posted 5/17/2008 4:11 PM (GMT -7)   
you all know about my issues lately w/ neuralgia and the docs want to cover all their bases by putting me on antibiotics (amoxicillin)... I've been doing GREAT.... 1 solid full b.m. a day like I never had u.c., I wonder if I will go back to the norm once I'm off the antibiotics

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   Posted 5/17/2008 4:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I have taken antibiotics on many occasions (I get lots of sinus infections). Make sure you are doubling up on your probiotics while on the antibiotics.
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billo
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   Posted 5/17/2008 5:17 PM (GMT -7)   
but doesnt antibiotics usually make people w/ u.c. worse? i always read that on here

Sara14
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   Posted 5/17/2008 8:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I've read that often here, too, but for me they seem to make my UC better. I go back to the "norm" after I'm off the antibiotics. Doesn't mean you necessarily will though. Glad your UC is behaving itself.
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jujub
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   Posted 5/17/2008 8:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Antibiotics give a lot of people diarrhea, whether or not they have UC. In our case, it can take longer to go away after, and in some cases we can get an overgrowth of bad bugs like c. diff which causes a very nasty bacterial colitis.

Doubling up on the probiotics is good advice. Helps keep the "bad" bugs at bay.
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billo
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   Posted 5/17/2008 9:53 PM (GMT -7)   
ok stupid thought... but I figure for the people who do better while on antibiotics (me) the u.c. might stem from a parasite, infection and the antibiotics are actually good for the u.c.

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   Posted 5/17/2008 10:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Not all antibiotics are the same, some are meant to help with IBD (like flagyl) and others can cause issues...either way, it's imparative to take a good probiotic daily and indefinitely even when not on antibiotics...just be sure to take the probiotics at least 2 hours after you're done taking the antibiotics for the day or the antis will eat up the pros.

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hana24
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   Posted 5/18/2008 8:44 AM (GMT -7)   
billo - I wonder about that to. This has been brought up before but I suspect that people definitely get uc for different reasons. I did better on antibiotics also which makes me think if I ever have to take remicade or humaria I might not do well on them.
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Sara14
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   Posted 5/18/2008 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   
billo said...
ok stupid thought... but I figure for the people who do better while on antibiotics (me) the u.c. might stem from a parasite, infection and the antibiotics are actually good for the u.c.
Yeah, I've wondered that, too. I've also wondered if it's not really the antibiotics keeping my UC symptoms at bay, but the fact that I'm sick (the reason I'm taking the antibiotics). Maybe my immune system is so busy fighting the illness, that it doesn't have time to fight my colon. Just a thought, but I really don't know.
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Diagnosed with UC March 2007; yet to go into complete remission
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - nightly; Canasa (1,000 mg) in the morning
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bookworm21
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   Posted 5/18/2008 9:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Hmm, that's really interesting. I haven't been on any antibiotics since 10 years ago. I am allergic to penicillin, so I don't know how I would react to non-penicillin antibiotics.
Have any GI's actually prescribed antibiotics to help w/ UC? When I talked to a GI nurse on Friday, I could have sworn she said that the doctor was thinking about putting me on an antibiotic, but I figured I was just hearing things since I read on here that antibiotics can make things worse.
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madabs
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   Posted 5/18/2008 10:39 AM (GMT -7)   

I had the same result from taking antibiotics. 

Unfortunately, it only lasted a few weeks, but during that two-three week period, nearly every symptom of my flare disappeared.  It was amazing!  I had been having flare symptoms for almost a year and I was practically dancing through the house every day, thinking  I had found a cure. 

 
I had my antibiotic while in the hospital for a rectal abscess whose infection made my whole system sick.  I think the drug was called zosyn and I received it every six hours for three days.  I did get the most horrible yeast infection though during that time.  It was miserable and affected not just vaginal area, but all over my buttock area as well.
 
A few months later, my GI tried me on Flagyl when I told him of my "cure", but it didn't do a thing.  Maybe, by that time, whatever it was in my guts that responded to the antibiotic was gone or had become resistant.  Maybe ibd makes our bowels easy prey for germs that don't normally cause problems with healthy bowels taking antibiotics clean the bugs out.
 
Also, since I too was sick when I took the antibiotic in the hospital, I kind of like the idea that someone had that  my body's immune system was just too busy fighting on off the new invaders to have time to bully my intestines.

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jujub
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   Posted 5/18/2008 11:11 AM (GMT -7)   
The ones that are generally not recommended for UC are the -cillins and -cyclines. They're prone to completely killing off the normal intestinal bacteria and leaving a clean slate for c. diff., which is resistent to them, to flourish and make us very sick. I also can't take declomycin or erythromycin without getting totally chained to the toilet, but can tolerate Azithromycin or Cipro as long as I increase my probiotics.
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Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroid therapy.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
 
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