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Yujin
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   Posted 5/10/2009 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Everytime Im taking antibiotic for my other illness.. my UC gets well? Does it mean that UC is caused by bacteria in the colon? Im kinda confused...
Diagnosed with UC on 2007. Undergone Fistulotomy on 2005. Taking Generic Asacol 400mg 3X a day... "HEALTH IS WEALTH"


jeanneac
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   Posted 5/10/2009 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a UTI last week and started an antibiotic yesterday. I have also been having a flare up for the past week and a half. Funny, after 1.5 weeks of diarrhea, today, I have not had any diarrhea today. So, I was wondering the same thing that you were. I tried to drink a lot of water to avoid taking antibiotics as sometimes they can make things worse but the UTI would not go away. They game me macrobid, which is a very old antibiotic. Anybody else ever get better with antibiotics?
diagnosed 1/09 with colitis,54 yo, colazal, fish oil, synthroid, cymbalta


AMK77
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   Posted 5/10/2009 9:29 PM (GMT -6)   
My UC got worse the last time I took an antibiotic. :-(
32 yr old female
Mild Pancolitis
I've had UC since 2000 but was in remission for most of those 8 years med free
Cannot tolerate mesalamine - starting 6mp soon?


pb4
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   Posted 5/11/2009 12:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Do any of you guys take probiotics? They can be very beneficial for those that have an IBD (taken daily and indefinitely, flaring or not) and especially when you're on antibiotics. The key is to make sure you take your probiotics at least 2 hours after you're done taking your antibiotics for the day otherwise the antis will kill off the pros...probiotics are friendly bacteria that IBDers tend to lack cuz we tend to have issues with bacterial overgrowth (bad bacteria) which exacerbates our symptoms.

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jeanneac
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   Posted 5/11/2009 2:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I take probiotics and try to take them half way between my doses of antibiotics so they can survive.

diagnosed 1/09 with colitis,54 yo, colazal, fish oil, synthroid, cymbalta


pb4
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   Posted 5/11/2009 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Taking them half way may not be as effective so you might want to play around and see if it's better waiting til you're done taking your antis for the day.

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jeanneac
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   Posted 5/11/2009 4:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hum, I take them twice a day. One in the morning when I wake up and one before I go to bed. I figure the only way to take the probiotics is right in the middle when the level would be at its lowest. If I took them at the end of the day, the 2nd antibiotic dose would be at its peak. At least that is how I am thinking about it.
diagnosed 1/09 with colitis,54 yo, colazal, fish oil, synthroid, cymbalta


fruitgirl
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   Posted 5/11/2009 4:20 PM (GMT -6)   
What time do you take the morning dose? If it's before 8am, you could probably get away with taking your evening dose at dinner time, then take the probiotic at bed time. Otherwise, the way you're doing it is probably ok.
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Eased for ~3 weeks in December, possibly b/c of probiotic use?
Returned in January 2009 (with a vengeance), diagnosed with pancolitis on January 30.
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa nightly, Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).


jeanneac
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   Posted 5/11/2009 6:16 PM (GMT -6)   
It's around 9 am. when I take my first dose.
diagnosed 1/09 with colitis,54 yo, colazal, fish oil, synthroid, cymbalta


pb4
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   Posted 5/11/2009 7:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Is that how your antibiotcs were perscribed, one in the am and one before bed? If so then I guess you don't have much choice other than the way you're doing it now, if not then maybe you can take your second dose of antibiotic a couple hours before bed then your probiotic just before bed.

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My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)


Jen O
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   Posted 5/11/2009 8:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I was in a mild flare a couple of months ago, got a sinus infection, got a Z pack and my UC symptoms went away along with my sinus infection stuff. GI doc says it was just a coincidence. I don't know if I believe him! I'm back in another flare and I want another Z pack to see!
Age 34
Diagnosed with UC September 2008
Current Meds:
Remicaide
Just started taking Asacol 1200 mgs 3 x per day 5/7/2009
Biotin 5 mg
Vitamin D 2,000 IU per day
Calcium 1500 mg per day
Multivitamin


jeanneac
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   Posted 5/12/2009 9:42 AM (GMT -6)   
It does make you wonder, doesn't it? It may also greatly depend on the antibiotic, what it kills and what it leaves behind.
diagnosed 1/09 with colitis,54 yo, colazal, fish oil, synthroid, cymbalta


Nor_TX
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   Posted 5/12/2009 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I was just thinking exactly the same thing.  I got a shot of recephin this past Friday and had a great weekend without any symptom from Colitis.  I got another shot Monday and started on Avelox last night - all this for pneumonia.  The funny thing is, my Colitis feels great!  I feel better in that regard than I have in a very long time.  The only problem is I can't breathe from the Pneumonia.

Presently on: 600 mg. Remicade every 4 weeks
                   Venofer infusion every 4 weeks
                   B12 every 4 weeks              
                   15 mg. Methotrexate/injection weekly
                   12 Asacol daily
                   10 mg. Celexa daily
                   Zofran as needed


jeanneac
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   Posted 5/12/2009 8:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Do they think the pneumonia is from all the Immune supressing meds? I hope the pneumonia clears up soon and that the colitis stays under control for you.
diagnosed 1/09 with colitis,54 yo, colazal, fish oil, synthroid, cymbalta


Nor_TX
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   Posted 5/13/2009 9:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, the doctor said that with my depressed immune system, my body cannot fight infections.  I have been getting pneumonia since I was about 9 and now that I am almost 60, every couple or so years I get it.  Since I have been on Remicade for 4 years, I have had it 4 times.  Each time it has been worse than before.  The funny thing is, when I am on anti-biotics, my colitis is almost non-existent.  I can't figure it out.
Presently on: 600 mg. Remicade every 4 weeks
                   Venofer infusion every 4 weeks
                   B12 every 4 weeks              
                   15 mg. Methotrexate/injection weekly
                   12 Asacol daily
                   10 mg. Celexa daily
                   Zofran as needed


jeanneac
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   Posted 5/13/2009 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   
That is very interesting about the antibiotics. I wonder if there are people who stay on a maintenance dose? It doesn't seem like a choice the Drs would support though. It sounds tempting though, especially if it makes you feel better! I have heard that some people have bacterial overgrowth in the small intestines, maybe that is what it helps. Do you take probiotics at all? I do and it seems like the majority on this forum do as well. I hope it will help me in the long run. They don't seem to be fast acting for me.
diagnosed 1/09 with colitis,54 yo, colazal, fish oil, synthroid, cymbalta


pb4
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   Posted 5/13/2009 12:54 PM (GMT -6)   
There are some people that find certain antibiotics to really help their IBD symptoms and do get their docs to keep them on maintenance doses, I did it for a while until it stopped working (about 5 months), but I was also taking my probiotics each day after I was finished taking my last dose of antis for the day.

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My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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