Successful round of antibiotics.

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   Posted 11/9/2008 10:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I have frequented these forums for years now, and there is one thing that most of you would agree with...and that is that antibiotics make flares worse or bring them on after remission. Well I've been battling a flare since Feb. of this year going on and off of Pred twice. Well I had a root canal about a month ago. The abcess got worse after the procedure, so the dentist put me on amox. an antibiotic. Ever since this treatment I've been blood-free. My bowels are actually normal now. One a day and formed. No cramps or urgency. I'm back to normal and I'm only on Aza. My question is if the antibiotics helped me or if I was just ready to go into remission?
Age: 30
Sex: Yes please!
Location: Missouri
Diagnosed with UC in 1997.
Medications: 100 mg Azathioprine a day, Mesa rectal meds
Supplements: calcium, and multivitamin
No. of colonoscopies: 5
Last scope: 6/7/08-everything looked ok.

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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 11/9/2008 11:57 PM (GMT -6)   
There's really no way to answer your question for sure (it could be either way), but antibiotics have seemed to help me several times that I've been on them...but I'm not sure if it was just b/c I was sick and my body was busy fighting off the infection or if it was because of the antibiotics
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa; Canasa; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin; sublingual allergy drops

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   Posted 11/10/2008 2:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Antibiotics have no effect on my UC either way, but I haven't taken many kinds..there's always the chance, however.

Regarding your situation, one wouldn't know for sure if you had something else going on in your colon that helped keep your UC active unless you had stool samples done before you took them and after you improved.

I'm happy to hear you're doing better.....

Please remember that as soon as you start to feel any rectal discomfort or have any increase of some symptoms that are continual but not "obvious" in the familiar diarrhea/bleeding start the rectal meds.

You might even benefit to be using them as maintenance rather than only being on the Aza......

Be well,
*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); enemas every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec 2 or 3  +   1 or 2 Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls @ bedtime
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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