Welcome to the UC board, hippimom. Flagyl is often used when it's suspected we have a clostridium dificil infection causing some of our symptoms. Some docs will start with a round of Flagyl "just in case", then move on to other drugs.
Some things you should ask about
when you follow up with the GI: where in the colon is the UC located? It can be anything from proctitis, affecting the rectal area only, to pancolitis, involving the entire colon and rectum. Knowing what areas are involved will help you with making treatment choices. Generally we start out on one of the 5-ASA oral drugs, usually Asacol. It's important for you to know that this is also available as an enema or a suppository, and these are helpful in treating the rectal and sigmoid areas, where oral meds don't always reach. So ask your GI about
including rectal meds in your starting regimen.
Sorry to hear you have the double-whammy of UC and lupus, but I guess we all know we're at increased risk for other autoimmune diseases. They say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, but I think most of us would be just a little weaker than we've had to become.
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Posted 6/6/2008 8:01 PM (GMT -7)
My doc always puts me on Flagyl to combat C. diff, a particularly stubborn type of intestinal infection. Usually a two-week course, followed by another two-week course a few months later ;).
21 yrs old, diagnosed severe pan ulcerative colitis 2 Mar 2007
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Imuran (azathioprine) 50 mg x 2 daily
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Posted 6/7/2008 7:42 AM (GMT -7)
Thanks so much for the information. All of this will help me know what questions to ask when I see the doc next month.
Diagnosis: UCTD (lupus) 2006; Raynauds 2006; Sjogren's 2006; lupus symptoms began 2003; UC 2008; CFS 1991; Mono 1985
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Posted 6/7/2008 7:53 AM (GMT -7)
Flagyl is often prescribed to treat inflammation of the colon, as my GI explained to me when he prescribed it after two stool sample tests came back negative for c. diff. Unfortunately, I had a severe reaction to flagyl and it made my symptoms much, much worse, to the point I was hospitalized.
Coincidentally, it was also prescribed for my dog when I found blood in his stool. Same explanation.
Posted 6/7/2008 10:58 AM (GMT -7)
I'm sorry that you have this hanging over your head now too. But now you know what you're dealing with, you can start onto the road to feeling better. If you should have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. Also, be sure to check the resource section here or visit www.ccfa.org
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