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Old 10-25-2017, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I am on the last day of a 10 day course of antibiotic treatment for diverticulitis. I have been taking 500 mg of two antibiotics: Flagyl, three times a day and Cipro twice a day. I was sick for about a week before going into the ER for pain. The original pain has gone, and I think the infection was finally licked about 5 days after I started the meds. I noticed a break in fever in the middle of the night. No fever since.

I have had the typical side effects from this treatment: dizziness, nausea, stomach complaints, tiredness, diarrhea, taste disruption. I am so looking forward to tomorrow when I don't have to take another one of these pills. But I am grateful that I did not have to be hospitalized for my diverticulitis and that there is a treatment for it.

My question is, if you have gone through something like this, when did you feel really better after stopping the meds? Did it take a couple of days? Two weeks? A month?

I've already taken almost all of the meds. I do not need a lecture about the pitfalls of antibiotics. But, if you have done what I have done, how did the next few weeks go for you, after you finished the course of treatment?

I guess I want to hope that I really will feel well again!
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Old 10-25-2017, 01:40 PM
 
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https://online.epocrates.com/drugs/5...k-Box-Warnings

there's 3 black box warnings on fluoroquinolones....I'd never take them myself when there's penicillen, and other cillen antibiotics less harmful, and not carrying any black box warnings (serious stuff).

https://www.consumerreports.org/drug...on-infections/

Hope you feel better soon...take care
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Old 10-25-2017, 01:45 PM
 
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My question is, if you have gone through something like this, when did you feel really better after stopping the meds? Did it take a couple of days? Two weeks? A month?
Diverticulitis is a b****. I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy. My husband has bouts of it, and he usually feels bad a week, winds up in the hospital a week, then feels bad another week after that. I've found that staying on a liquid diet (I heat broth up in a coffee cup) tends to help him get through it.
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Old 10-25-2017, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Orlando
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Flagyl is awful stuff, almost like a nerve poison to me, but I guess it does the job it's supposed to do. I've found that it can take several weeks to be rid of the side effects once I stop taking it. But I've read that it can continue to have bad effects on your intestinal flora for up to a year afterwards!

Be sure to take some good probiotics to try to help things get back into balance.
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Old 10-25-2017, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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My doc recommended foods that are fermented, rather than pro biotics. I've been eating Icelandic yogurt right along, but I figure any help I get in my intestinal tract is immediately stopped every time I take more meds.

I have taken probiotics before, and I could never see any benefit. I am still willing to try; how do I choose?
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Old 10-25-2017, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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https://online.epocrates.com/drugs/5...k-Box-Warnings

there's 3 black box warnings on fluoroquinolones....I'd never take them myself when there's penicillen, and other cillen antibiotics less harmful, and not carrying any black box warnings (serious stuff).

https://www.consumerreports.org/drug...on-infections/

Hope you feel better soon...take care
Antibiotics are chosen according to which types of bacteria they will treat. Not all antibiotics treat the same classes. In diverticulitis multiple bacteria are involved. It is not the same as a simple urinary infection for which there may be other equally effective alternatives to Cipro.

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Old 10-25-2017, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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Apparently my course of treatment is standard for divertculitis.

I was lucky though; I had no rupture, no leakage. So, no hospitalization.

But what I had has really knocked me off my feet.

Only 2 more pills!
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Old 10-25-2017, 02:46 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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One way of getting probiotics that a dr told me about is to eat sauerkraut or pickles. But she said they have to be "real" pickles and sauerkraut. I'm not sure what that means but I went and got mine in a health food store so that it would be high quality. Apparently most of the supermarket stuff is junk and won't do it for you.

Here's one place to start:

https://www.livestrong.com/article/5...-in-the-store/
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Old 10-25-2017, 03:20 PM
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Location: Jollyville, TX
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Apparently my course of treatment is standard for divertculitis.

I was lucky though; I had no rupture, no leakage. So, no hospitalization.

But what I had has really knocked me off my feet.

Only 2 more pills!
My first bout the required Flagyl and Cipro coincided with a business trip to Mexico. Talk about miserable! I felt better pretty much right after I stopped taking the meds. Since some of the side effects of the Flagyl are similar to the diverticulitis, it was hard to tell until I stopped taking the pills.

I take Jarrow-Dophilus and it definitely helps. I can tell now when I have a very slight flare-up and I double up on the probiotics and so far I've been lucky and have not had a full blown attack in several years.
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Old 10-25-2017, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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All I can tell you is that I took Cipro for a full week with no immediate issues, but a few months later, both my achilles tendons fell apart and had to be surgically repaired. No injuries. They just both sort of dissolved. My orthopedic surgeon said it was almost certainly from the Cipro.

Since then (this was several years ago) the FDA has issued a series of more and more strident warnings regarding Cipro and its fluoroquinolone cousins stating that they are typically over prescribed and should be used much more cautiously than originally thought.

Good luck. Hope your luck is better than mine. But at least I do have two cool matching scars.

If you have ANY joint or tendon pain, swelling, weakness, etc. get to a doctor ASAP and be sure to tell them that you took Cipro. I waited longer than I should have because my doctor didn't connect the dots and just told me that I had "tendonitis" for months and months til I finally switched doctors. The second one ordered an MRI immediately and scheduled surgery for the same week. My Achilles tendon was severely damaged by then and literally hanging by a thread. (The other one was not as severe.) I still have more problems from the first one than the second because of the long delay in surgical repair.

Also, there are other long term effects that you should be aware of, so be sure you google fluoroquinolones and be aware of any possible complications and symptoms of such. Some are very serious (for instance, some heart valve issues) and some, like neuropathy, can be permanent.
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