Bactrim (antibiotic)

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Sara14
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   Posted 12/5/2008 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everybody. I was on a 3-day course of Bactrim for a urinary tract infection this week. I had never had a UTI before, so that was fun...heh. Anyway, my gut seemed to behave itself much better while I was on Bactrim. My doctor said it is used for bowel infections, like "traveler's diarrhea," in addition to things like UTIs. Anyone else ever been on this and have a similar experience?
 
Of course, it could have just been a coincidence, since it was only 3 days. =)
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tjf43
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   Posted 12/5/2008 10:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I was recently on Bactrim for about 5 weeks for a MRSA infection. I also did very well while I was on it.

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   Posted 12/6/2008 7:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Bactrim contains sulfa which is also one of the main ingredients used in treating Uc. So I can see how this one antibiotic would be of benefit to Uc as well as the UTI. I, unfortunately, found out the hard way that Bactrim contained sulfa. I had a UTI and my doc prescribed it. I ended up in such severe pain that I had to stop it before the course was up. Later when I told the doc about it, I found out that it contained sulfa - which I am highly allergic to!
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rdm
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   Posted 12/7/2008 10:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Years ago I had a similar experience, my UC improved while this antibiotic was taken for an unrelated infection. I asked my Doc who was not my GI to prescribe a further course just for my UC.  He did this but alas it proved  ineffective for UC when I tried it the second time. The colon is a very complex organ with a vast array of resident bacteria, thus we stumble along and try various treatments hoping to find something that works for our unique system.

Sara14
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   Posted 12/7/2008 12:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Red - That totally sucks. Your doctor should have asked if you had a sulfa allergy before prescribing it.
 
Interesting that it didn't work for you the second time, rdm. Yes, the colon is very complex, to a frustrating point sometimes. haha.
 
tjf - Is your MRSA infection cleared up now?
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