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   Posted 2/10/2009 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I saw my Doc on Friday. He had me keeping a bm diary and noticed that my bm's were more frequent and I was having more in a day over the last part of January/beginning of February. He thought it might have come on too fast for it to be my colitis, and concluded that it may be a bowel infection. I didn't feel like I had a bowel infection, but who knows right?? He sent me for a stool sample and gave me a script for flagyl. He told me to start the flagyl after I sent the stool sample, but before I got the results.
It's been 4 days and still don't know if I had a bowel infection, but I feel great! I have also heard that flagyl can do good things for UCer's whether you have a bowel infection or not. Anyone else encounter this?
Meghan - 23 years old
DX:  Pancolitis since October 2008
Current Treament:  Asacol (3 pills 4 times daily)
Natural Treatment: Low Residue/Low Fiber Diet, Daily Multi-Vitamins, Natural Factors Protec Probiotics, Activia Yogurt, Chamomile Tea
Previous Treatment:  Prednisone (40 mg - 5 week taper), Entocort Enemas, Buscopan
Status:  Mild Flare

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   Posted 2/10/2009 9:46 PM (GMT -6)   
My son has been rx'd this several times over the years including longer term therapy with it by taking it 2 weeks on - 2 weeks off, repeatedly (I think there is the risk of developing neuropothy if you take it too long). He has taken in for a couple months at a time if I recall correctly. He did at one time have a bacterial infection (I think when he was first dx - Staph Aureus) and took flagyl.

Glad you are getting relief. Remember, no alcohol of any type while taking it and this includes liquid meds. I had to be careful to give him suspension type meds and NOT elixir types (like cold meds or liquid tylenol, etc).

Mom of Son 17 UC dx 07/02, Sulfasalazine 6g, Azasan 75mg, Cortafoam, folic acid, L. Reuteri, Culturelle, Zyrtec, Iron, Vit/Min

Daughter 9 UC dx 08/07 Colazal 750mg x 3, 6MP 12.5mg, Iron, Vit/Min., Culturelle

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   Posted 2/10/2009 10:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Flagyl, or any other antibiotic, will lower your frequency and give you a break from the toilet!  It's great you are feeling better.
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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   Posted 2/10/2009 10:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I want a script for Flagyl but my dr doesnt think my situation is bacterial... I will try to get it next time I see a doctor. I wish I lived in a place where I could walk into a chemist and buy what I want. Goodluck, I hope it continues to help you.

Diagnosed with proctitis in March 2007 - Treated with Canasa 2x Daily
Diagnosed with UC December but had symptoms months ago - Treating with Asacol (feel hopeless)

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   Posted 2/10/2009 10:25 PM (GMT -6)   

Flagyl was what my doc gave me before other medication in case I had infection.  Made the bleeding and cramping much worse so I had to stop in 3 days.  Tests came back no infection.


68 yr. old granny
New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
 Colonoscopy 10/28 showed only few cm. left to heal in rectum - tried Proctofoam for weeks - no luck.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension,Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol
Tried hydrocortisone for two weeks with no change.
2/3/2009 - sigmoidoscopy showed about 30 cm. involved but mild - starting on prednisone only 40 mg. taper on 2/7/2009.

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   Posted 2/11/2009 12:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I recently took a 2 week course of antibiotics, 2 different ones that included flagyl. I felt the best I've felt in months -- almost a regular amount of energy and way fewer bathroom trips. It was totally worth the yeast infection the drugs gave me!

When I went off, I started feeling worse than I'd felt in weeks, even before I went on the antibiotics. I talked to my GP about it and she was reluctant to put me back on them since my cultures were negative. I'm seeing my GI tomorrow so we'll see what she says.

My dad had colitis when I was growing up, had a colostomy about 20 years ago. He told me he takes Flagyl periodically when he gets an irritation or infection in his pouch. So yeah, it definitely seems to work well for us UC'ers.
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