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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 9/12/2007 1:48 AM (GMT -6)   
my doctor (actually the RN) totally gave me the wrong medication. i am not supposed to be on flagyl, i am supposed to be on something else. without this forum, i never would have known it was the wrong med!! you guys may have saved me from some very serious consequences. not only does this forum help with my mental health, it helps with my physical health as well. blessing to you all--i hope i can be of as much help to you!!
diagnosed with cecal volvulus, 2006; two colon resections in the same year
diagnosed with colitis 2007
malrotated colon
no cecal valve, removed during surgery

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Flagyl to slow gastric emptying

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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 30999
   Posted 9/12/2007 2:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, disconcerting indeed! Flagyl isn't totally questionable when prescribed for UC, however. Do you mean he was supposed to put you on an antidepressant (as per another posting)....did you call the doctor to enquire as to why you were on it? What did he give you now?

You're of more help to many than you probably actually have great insight and aren't afraid to ask questions or share your experiences.

*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 3rd night)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 2 (Natural Factors Protec) + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) at bedtime
~Natural Factors Multi Digestive Enzymes with supper
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 648
   Posted 9/12/2007 9:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Time for a new doc. I wouldn't have any faith in your present doc.

I don't believe the Flagyl will hurt you, and as Quincy says, many UCers have been on it for one thing or another. That said, the wrong med is the wrong med, and taking anything you don't need/aren't prescribed is stupid, at the very least, and certainly can be dangerous!

Sporadic proctitis since about 1985. Mother had UC, then J-pouch surgery 1983.
DX'd with clostridium difficile in 2000. Prednisone, two courses of Flagyl, then Vancomycin finally got rid of it. Symptomatic with UC after that.
Colonoscopy in 2001 dx'd left-sided UC. Was pretty darn ill at that time. Treated with prednisone, Rowasa, Asacol. Asacol not working so switched to Imuran. Three small flares since in 2002, 2005, and 2007.
Gall bladder attack 6/13; ultrasound showed stones; surgery before end of 2007.
100 mg Azathioprine and 225 mg Effexor XR (for chronic, longstanding depression) daily.

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Date Joined Feb 2006
Total Posts : 5698
   Posted 9/12/2007 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Patients have to be advocates in their own healthcare or have a person that can adovate for them. It's great that you discovered the error and is a good reminder that all of us should research the drugs we are being prescribed and the reasons why those drugs are being prescribed. With the advent of the internet there is no excuse for anyone not to do some quick research. The error in the Flagyl prescription will not harm, it's commonly prescribed for GI ailments.

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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