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Are oral antibiotics sufficient treatment for diverticulitis and diverticulitis?

Are oral antibiotics sufficient treatment for diverticulitis and diverticulitis?

Depends: In mild uncomplicated cases of diverticulitis, oral antibiotics are sufficient treatment for diverticulitis. More severe episodes may require hospital admission and intravenous antibiotics. ...Read more

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Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


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Is it possible for diverticulitis to come back in a month after a 2 week antibiotic treatment even if trying to stick to a diet?

Is it possible for diverticulitis to come back in a month after a  2 week antibiotic treatment even if trying to stick to a diet?

Yes: 35 year old gentleman s/p 2 week treatment for diverticular disease now with unknown symptoms recurring. You should contact your treating physician immediately and if you have severe symptoms go to the ER. Diverticulosis is an anatomical problem that can lead to diverticulitis, the infection/abscess associated with the infection can be resistant or recur. Prior CT scan results helpful. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can I use an antibiotic that I have in the house to start treatment for diverticulitis? It is clarithromycin 250. I have had bouts of diverticulitis

Can I use an antibiotic that I have in the house to start treatment for diverticulitis? It is clarithromycin  250. I have had bouts of diverticulitis

Not the right Atb: Clatithromycin lacks coverage for most of the intestinal bacteria that may cause bouts of diverticulitis. Would suggest calling your PCP if there is phone coverage, visit a local Urgent Care if not too sick, or go to the local Er. ...Read more

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Can diverticulitis return a week after finding out you have it? Was hospitalized for a week on 2 kinds of IV antibiotics and sent home with oral

Can diverticulitis return a week after finding out you have it? Was hospitalized for a week on 2 kinds of IV antibiotics and sent home with oral

Yes.: It could mean that you have recurrence or incomplete treatment. If you have recurrent attacks or no success on medical treatment, you might need to have surgery. ...Read more

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When is surgery necessary or required for treatment of diverticulitis?

When is surgery necessary or required for treatment of diverticulitis?

When complicated: Most diverticulitis is successfully treated with antibiotics. Indications for surgery include free perforation with sepsis, an abscess that can't be treated with percutaneous drainage, fistulas to other organs, strictures or obstruction, and occasionally numerous recurrent episodes of diverticulitis. ...Read more

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Is fluconazole an effective treatment for diverticulitis?

Is fluconazole an effective treatment for diverticulitis?

Not: By itself. Fluconozole is used as a treatment for a yeast (candida) infection. Diverticulitis treatment needs proper broad spectrum coverage for intestinal bacteria (gram negatives & anaerobes). ...Read more

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What are the treatment options for diverticulitis?

What are the treatment options for diverticulitis?

Diet and fluids: When talking of diverticulosis, eat a high fiber diet and drink a minimum of 80-100 ounces of noncaffeinated, non alcoholic fluid daily, more if you do strenous activity or fly in planes a lot. If you have divertiulitis, ie infected diverticulum low fiber diet and 2 weeks of antibiotics. Maintain low fiber for 4-6 weeks after resolution of symptoms the resume recommendations for diverticulosis. ...Read more

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What's a simple, cheap treatment for my diverticulosis and diverticulitis?

What's a simple, cheap treatment for my diverticulosis and diverticulitis?

2 different answers: Diverticulosis best managed with hi fiber diet and plenty of noncaffeinated fluids, avoiding nuts, seeds, and popcorn. Diverticulitis needs confirmatory diagnostic test which may include ct scan, cbc, physical exam, prior colonoscopy reports and is treated with antibiotics, modified low fiber diet and potentially surgery for recurrent episodes or complications such as abscess, fistula, obstructio. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment for diverticulitis?

What's the best treatment for diverticulitis?

Ab, I've fluids...: Acute diverticulitis commonly presents as left lower abdomen pain, fever, tenderness on exam. Cause is inflammation/infection of a diverticulum, which is a pouch coming off the colon wall (extremely common and no sx). Treatment is bowel rest (clear fluids only perhaps), IV fluids, antibiotics. If mild case, maybe outpt. If severe or abscess forms, possibly surgery. If recurrent x 3, surgery. ...Read more

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I have mngie disease as well as diverticulitis of the small bowel. Do I have any options for treatment?

I have mngie disease as well as diverticulitis of the small bowel. Do I have any options for treatment?

Unknown: You have a very rare disorder that's been reported in less than 100 patients. It's associated with neurological conditions as well as GI ones with pathognomonic findings on mri. You would be best followed at an ultra specialized center where they are involved in research. You can find links on the web via the nlm - national library of medicine. ...Read more

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My wife received antibiotics for treatment of diverticulitis today and took them about 3 hours ago. Her fever is higher now. Is that okay?

My wife received antibiotics for treatment of diverticulitis today and took them about 3 hours ago.  Her fever is higher now.  Is that okay?

Probably: Three hours is too short a time to expect results from antibiotics taken by mouth. Fevers are not uncommon in diverticulitis. If the fever is not making your wife very uncomfortable, then she should just drink lots of fluids to avoid dehydration. Fever is a natural protective mechanism of the body that helps fight infection. However, if she is uncomfortable, she should take Tylenol (acetaminophen). ...Read more

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Is it safe to take a laxitive when taking metronidazole and ciprofloxacin for treatment of diverticulitis?

Is it safe to take a laxitive when taking metronidazole and ciprofloxacin for treatment of diverticulitis?

Ask your doc 1st!: Diverticulitis is a serious infection of the lower intestines. If you cannot have a bowel movement, without a laxative, it may be a sign that your infection is getting worse. Please call your doctor and let him know now. If you have abdominal pain, fever, vomiting, or other worsening symptoms, got to an ER. ...Read more

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Appx what percentage develop a stricture after surgery 4 colon/bladder fistula & diverticulitis? Is the balloon treatment (dillation?)very successful?

Appx what percentage develop a stricture after surgery 4 colon/bladder fistula & diverticulitis? Is the balloon treatment (dillation?)very successful?

Not frequent: If stricture develops may be due to recurrences of disease, balloon dilation may help, will require resection for better out come. ...Read more

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Please describe the name of the antibiotics used to treat diverticulitis?

Most often used: Antibiotics for diverticulitis are Levaquin (levofloxacin) and Flagyl or instead of flagyl, cleocin. Treatment is usually for 10 days. These can be taken by mouth. When a patient must be in the hospital on IV drugs, a wide range of choices exists. ...Read more

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My diverticulitis keeps coming back after I finish antibiotics. This is my 4th time! what can I do?

My diverticulitis keeps coming back after I finish antibiotics. This is my 4th time! what can I do?

See doctor, surgery: If you have well documented diverticulitis (i.e. Ct proven) then you would probably be a good candidate for surgery. It is important to take the proper antibiotics for 10-14 days to try to cure the infection. A ct should be done to exclude abscess formation as well. You should see your dictor. ...Read more

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When should you start taking Metamucil after an acute attack of diverticulitis that required hospitalization and antibiotics. ?

Timing: You can start taking metamucil after all the acute inflammation has resolved. You will know when this happens because you will be pain-free while off antibiotics and pain medication. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Diverticulitis (Definition)

An inflammation or infection in one or more small pouches ...Read more