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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 12/8/2008 3:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Do antibiotics make you flare or set back your progress with UC?
I have just had a sinus infection and was prescribed some Amoxyl and seems that it has set me back some.
Thoughts and comments?

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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 469
   Posted 12/8/2008 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Volsfan - You must be from Tennessee! Go Vols! Oh and welcome to our forum - you will learn alot from members here.

I have heard some people do have set backs w/ antibiotics - I am still too new to know whether they will affect me or not when the day comes I have to take them. I came down w/ this when I quit smoking - woke that wonderful bad bacteria up about 2 months into my quit - lucky me!

Anyway - welcome!

Diagnosised 8/25/08 GRRR
Started flare mid-May/feeling better but still flaring
Canasa 2x a day
Multi Enzyme
Mega Probiotic
Fiber Wafer
Nictotine Patch
Fish Oil Pill
Multi Vitamin

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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 109
   Posted 12/8/2008 4:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Anti-biotics kill bacteria indiscriminantly including the good healthy bacteria in your colon.
Cigaretes also have a compound that keeps the bad bacteria in check.

After anti-biotics make sure you replenish probiotcs with good bacteria, but I dont recommend you start smoking.
Waiting to see if I'm cured - no symptoms since probiotics started

Probiotics 16 strains (vsl#3 + Natural Factors ultimate multi probiotic + Trophic Acidophilus Plus) - 475 billion per day. Pre-biotics 1x a day. No sugar.
L-glutamine, elm powder, vit b & folic acid, 5 g vitamin C, vit D, vit E, Calcium+Magnesium

New Member

Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 10
   Posted 12/8/2008 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the replies! I am going to stop the antibiotics and try the saline solutions instead!

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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 2855
   Posted 12/8/2008 5:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Good idea, unless you really, really need them. If you do, take strong probiotics.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder at first, now Forte pills. 
Doing much better, but still experience anxiety that interferes with activities. 

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