Still bleeding GI is considering antibiotics

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   Posted 8/14/2008 7:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been flaring for about a month and a half. The past few weeks have been tough and I am getting anemic. The GI is considering antibiotics? Can they cause more of a flare?
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   Posted 8/15/2008 12:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Thats what I was thinking. Usually antibiotics can cause a flare, but I know that sometimes GI doctors will prescribe the antibiotic Flagyl, but not sure why.

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   Posted 8/15/2008 12:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I think it's a toss up - sometimes they help, and sometimes they hurt. I was put on flagyl near the start of my last flare, and I think it made things a lot worse. It could have been coincidence, though. If you've been flaring for over a month now without progress, it may be worth a shot.
*Diagnosed pancolitis 10/07 (6 months pregnant w/ 2nd baby)
*Currently in remission
*Tapering prednisone - at 20 mg
*Lialda (3 x a day)
*Calcium, multivitamin, Metamucil, iron, fish oil, probiotics

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   Posted 8/15/2008 8:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I was put on Cipro during my flare from hell and not sure what kick started my remission but could have been the Cipro, it did not hurt me.
Beth, 32 ~ hoping to taper pred successfully, wish me luck!
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07
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
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   Posted 8/15/2008 9:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I was on anti biotics during my first flare and initial diagnosis. I assumed it was part of the treatment for UC during a flare? I am also assuming it didn't do me any harm....I couldn't have been any sicker anyway LOL!!
40 year old mother, 3 children.
Suffered with stress for 5 years and quit smoking 2.5 yrs ago.
Diagnosed acute UC in June 08.
Asacolon 2400mg per day
Prednisone - presently on 5mg per day....Finished on Friday!!!
Also taking Calcium, Acidophilis, Zinc, Vit C, Vit B complex, Omega 3 and Evening Primrose

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   Posted 8/15/2008 9:36 AM (GMT -6)   
My doctor has put me on a flagyl/cipro combination in the past and I think it helped push me into remission.
-Lialda (4 pills/day), canasa, Align probiotic, kefir, multivitamin, calcium with vitamin d, iron

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   Posted 8/15/2008 10:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks guys I think he was leaning that way because I have low red blood cell and a fever. I was concerned maybe it would cause more flaring. But to tell you the truth I could not lose anymore blood than I am already losing. So maybe it is worth a shot. I need to by iron pills too I am so pale.
Prednisone 30 mg a day (can't wait to see goodbye to this)
Asacol 400mg 4 pills 3 times a day
Mesalamine enima
VSL #3DS probiotic

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   Posted 8/15/2008 1:47 PM (GMT -6)   
It depends on which antibiotic.

You may want to consider looking into supplements to heal the colon: Mucosaheal, l-glutamine, George's Aloe Vera are some I've found helpful. Omega-3 supplementation will help reduce inflammation.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Long-term remission with only minor blips.

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   Posted 8/15/2008 3:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I just heard from my GI he is sending out a prescription for Flagile. He advised If I don't feel better buy monday or the fever is not gone to call him back. I will keep everyone in the loop.
Prednisone 30 mg a day (can't wait to see goodbye to this)
Asacol 400mg 4 pills 3 times a day
Mesalamine enima
VSL #3DS probiotic

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   Posted 8/15/2008 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you had a stool test? Flagyl is used to treat c. diff. I've been put on that antibiotic before while waiting for the stool sample to come back and it sucks. It has some pretty harsh (not permanently damaging) side-effects. I get put on Flagyl sometimes because I've had a history with c. diff along with my UC.

Flagyl helped me with c. diff, but when I took it while having a UC flare-up it did nothing other than make me feel worse with its crappy side-effects. But if you do have c. diff, maybe like me, you'll notice it help you with your BMs quick within the first couple days.
31 yr old male
Diagnosed: 7/07 - UC - Pancolitis
Current Meds: 2 Rowasa enemas/day ; 6 Asacol / day

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   Posted 8/15/2008 4:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I had the most wonderful three week remission after taking iv antibotics for 3 1/2 days.  It was awful while I was actually having the antibiotics pumped into me, but a few days after I got home from the hospital all of the UC nonscense stopped completely.  Even the pain was gone.   I thought I was cured!  I think the name of the drug was something like zosin?  I ended up with a bad yeast infection though.

UC diagnosed 10/05, first symptoms 1983
asacol 12/daily and rowasa as needed 
Trying out Digestive Fitness Probiotic
past rx: colozal, lialda, canasa

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