Augmentin and the good bacteria that hate it

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Ragnar0k
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   Posted 6/22/2010 8:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I posted about a week ago after being newly diagnosed with left sided colitis.  I got many good responses that set my mind at ease so I'm coming back for more. 
 
After my last post, I did some research and found some information that might be useful to me.  My UC symptoms first showed up a couple of weeks after taking Augmentin for an ear infection.  I didn't finish the medication because I had EVERY side effect possible with it.  I decided that a pain in my ear a couple times a day was way better than suffering through Augmentin.  When the symptoms appeared, I went to my family doctor who thought the Augmentin might have set off the colitis.  He prescribed me Flagyl and told me to take Belladonna for cramping and diarhea.  I don't like taking narcotics so I just took the Flagyl.  After a couple of doses, I felt better, but my symptoms were still bad.  A week later, my doctor ordered a stool sample.  I turned in the sample, quit the Flagyl, and for kicks, started taking the belladonna.  Other than wearing me out, the symptoms got about 50% better but that's about all.  I quit taking it and the symptoms stayed the same, they didn't get worse.  After that, I was scoped and diagnosed with UC. 
 
A couple of old posts here have mentioned that a bacterial infection can show the same biopsy results as UC.  Plus, I found a website (http://doublecheckmd.com/EffectsDetail.do?dname=Augmentin&sid=589&eid=2823) that states Augmentin may cause colitis.   
 
So, my question to all of you informed UC'ers, should I try a probiotic, prebiotic or something else?  I'm currently on Lialda once a day plus mesalamine rectal suspension in the morning and hydrocortisone rectal suspension at night. 
 
I have two BMs a day, once in the morning before the morning enema and once at night before the night enema.  They are not completely solid and most of the time, I go just to clear the my bowels, not because I have a strong urge.  I've been on the medicine for two weeks.  The blood appears to have stopped and the pain is mostly gone. 
 
Just wondering what everyone's opinion is...

sirenshooter
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   Posted 6/22/2010 10:05 AM (GMT -7)   
It's good you've seen lots of improvement. I'd go ahead and take a probiotic. I think prebiotics are just food for probiotics right? So maybe later if you're not satisfied try that too?
20yr old female diagnosed with UC in 2005 at age 15
Flaring (and away from home)
125mg Azathioprine 1xday
450mg Boswellia 1xday
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quincy
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   Posted 6/22/2010 4:06 PM (GMT -7)   
pseudomembranous colitis isn't the same as UC, although the symptoms can mimic it, not the biopsies. It's easy to check via stool sample and biopsies for pc or c.difficile..both of which can be caused by antibiotic use.

I've used Clavulin in the past...same as augmentin, and I had NO side effects at all. However, I was at that time urged by my pharmacist to start probiotics...and I did.

If you've been diagnosed with UC, it's UC, but could very well have been triggered by pseudomembranous colitis or you have both happening?.

You should absolutely be taking a good probiotic anyway....

The UC will be with you forever, the c.diff can be healed, but you should be careful with what antibiotics you take in the future..maybe some will give you less grief.

Did your doc do stool samples before he gave you the flagyl?

What other meds are you on...I see you take enemas...which ones?
I hope you're also on an oral 5ASA.

welcome to the forum,
quincy
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