Has Antiobiotics ever helped with UC

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   Posted 5/24/2009 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok, I know I am going against what is normally posted about antibiotics, but the last 2 times I have taken antibiotics, my bowel movements have decreased and firmed up. Once I stop the antibiotics I increase in frequency, blood, mucous and pain. Has anyone else ever experienced this? Any thoughts?
Diagnosed with Proctitis in 8/08 with additional inflammation by the appendix (whatever that means, sounds like it is more than proctitis)

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   Posted 5/24/2009 10:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I find metronidazole (Flagyl) to be extremely effective. In fact, my symptoms had vanished entirely upon concluding my latest round (1.5 grams daily for 2 weeks). Unfortunately, I tend to experience subtle psychological effects after around one week, and metronidazole also happens to be renowned for its ability to induce peripheral neuropathy.

I'm presently experiencing mild success with sulfasalazine, which is technically a sulfonamide antibiotic (although 5-ASA is thought to be primarily responsible for its therapeutic action).

Post Edited (Delarge) : 5/24/2009 9:20:33 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 5/24/2009 11:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Flagyl put me in remission once.
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   Posted 5/25/2009 2:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I have never taken antiobiotics for my colitis. But I know that it is a cause of my flare ups.
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   Posted 6/3/2009 10:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Antibiotics are the devils pills!!! Before I was diagnosed w/ UC my Dr kept telling me I had the flu and was giving me nonstop antibiotics, which ofcourse only made things worse!!! I went to a different family dr and now I know that my other dr was an idiot!!! I told him I had family history of auto immune diseases and yet he refused to check my blood for white blood cell and protein sed rate!! My dad has Chrones, my mom has Rhumetoid arthrisis and Psorisus. Sorry if spelled terribly wrong.

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   Posted 6/3/2009 11:10 PM (GMT -6)   

Taking antibiotics and having UC makes sense to me.  I believe(from my own experience) that Chron's Disease and UC are caused by an overgrowth of bad bacteria.  The antibiotics destroy the bacteria, and hence rid the problem temporarily.  Unfortunately, our high sugar diets feed that bacteria and the vicious cycle begins all over again. 

If i were taking antibiotics to clear this problem up, I would supplement it with a good probiotic to replace the normal flora that also is destroyed during an antibiotic regimen.  Then I would change my diet! 

Diagnosed 8/99. Suffered for almost 10 years. I am currently on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and am nearing remission. I feel fantastic! I have lossed so many years to this disease.


Doc wanted to put me on 6-mp or Remicade, but I refused to take the medications! Currently on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.  I'm in remission and life is like it always should have been.

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