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Trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole, cotrimoxazole is a combination antibiotic that is used to treat a ...Read more


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Is there another drug combination for diverticulitis besides Flagel? I am also taking Bactrim due to allergies to Cipro, (ciprofloxacin) Keflex and Penecillin.

Is there another drug combination for diverticulitis besides Flagel? I am also taking Bactrim due to allergies to Cipro, (ciprofloxacin) Keflex and Penecillin.

Antibiotic allergies: You need the help of an ID doctor-since they are experts in antibiotics. First, I would want to 'define' ur allergies further-because sometimes a patient is labeled as 'allergic' & they aren't really allergic at all. That is really important. If ur truly allergic to penicillin, cephalosporins & cipro (ciprofloxacin) which is a fluoroquinolone, ur options are quite limited for oral therapy. Doxycycline might help. ...Read more

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I just finished bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds for inflamed cyst, I also have been having chronic diverticulitis can these antibiotics treat diverticulitis same time?

I just finished bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds for inflamed cyst, I also have been having chronic diverticulitis can these antibiotics treat diverticulitis same time?

Possibly: However if it is going to work you actually must have a confirmed diagnosis of acute diverticulitis, not chronic diverticulosis. You would need 14 days of antibiotics and a 6 week course of low/no fiber diet. My preference is to confirm diverticulitis by labs, exam and possible CT scan, then initiate the above treatment if confirmed. I prefer levaquin/metronidazole as a more effective antibiotic ...Read more

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Taking bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) and flagyl for diverticulitis. Horrible nasuea, headache and chest discomfort, body aches and just feel sick. Should I stop the med?

Taking bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) and flagyl for diverticulitis. Horrible nasuea, headache and chest discomfort, body aches and just feel sick. Should I stop the med?

No: While nausea is a common adverse effect of almost any medication, the other symptoms you describe are not likely to be caused by these antibiotics. They could be caused by worsening infection, but an exam is necessary to make that determination. Seeing a doctor (preferably the prescribing doc) without delay is important in this situation. ...Read more

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Diet for diverticulitis?

Diet for diverticulitis?

Early vs. Late: Acute diverticulitis is associated with swelling of the colon that may create a temporary partial blockage of the colon. Therefore, we often advocate no food or just liquids during the initial phase of treatment. When food is resumed, it is common to recommend a low-residue diet early on. After the inflammation resolves, we often recommend high-fiber diets, which may reduce the risk of recurrence. ...Read more

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Is diverticulitis serious?

Is diverticulitis serious?

Possibly: Diverticulitis is inflammation of the large bowel (also known as the colon). The inflammation results from simple infection to catastrophic perforation with leakage of contents into the abdomen. Most patients experience very minimal symptoms and are easily treated with antibiotics. However, some patients present with life-threatening symptoms, requiring hospitalization and emergency surgery. ...Read more

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Can you die from diverticulitis?

Can you die from diverticulitis?

It is rare: Diverticulitis has various potential complications which ranges from minor infection which responds well to oral antibiotics, to severe infection and peritonitis caused by spillage of stool from colon into the abdominal cavity. In severe cases it usually needs surgery and in these cases patient may end up having a colostomy. These days it is so rare to die from diverticulitis. ...Read more

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Is cornbread bad for diverticulitis?

Is cornbread bad for diverticulitis?

Probably ok: True acute diverticulitis is an infection requiring antibiotics for treatment. During acute diverticulitis one may be directed to eat lighter, smaller, softer, low fiber foods. As the infection resolves, eventually a high fiber diet would then be recommended to help prevent recurrences. Corn bread by itself, in moderation, should have no affect on diverticulitis. Drink plenty water too. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of diverticulitis?

What are the symptoms of diverticulitis?

Belly pain and fever: Belly pain, especially in the left lower part of the abdomen, and fever. ...Read more

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What is diverticulitis and what cause it?

What is diverticulitis and what cause it?

Diverticulitis: Assuming you have diverticulosis in the first place, the symptoms of diverticulitis would include fever, chills, sweats, nausea, diarrhea and abdominal pains usually either in the lower left or lower right aspect. Diverticulitis comes from a ruptured diverticulum. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is diverticulitis?

Inflamed pocket: Diverticulosis is thin walled pockets in wall of colon. Diverticulitis: inflammation of pockets. Not caused by something getting stuck in them, but from increased pressure in bowel: weakest link, so small perforation, with spasm, inflammation. Mild: outpt rx, oral antibiotics; more so: inpatient abs; severe: surgery for drainage, inpt abs. Hi fiber diet may help prevent. Itis: no fiber initially. ...Read more

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So what are the symptoms of diverticulitis?

So what are the symptoms of diverticulitis?

Diverticulitis: Most people develop colon diverticuli (outpouchings of the wall of the bowel) as they age. When these become inflamed it is called diverticulitis and can produce pain, diarrhea, sometimes blood in the stools. ...Read more

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Are there different types of diverticulitis cures?

Are there different types of diverticulitis cures?

No: While there are many different antibiotics that can be used to treat diverticulitis, and taking a regular fiber supplement may reduce the likelihood of further episodes, the only cure for diverticulitis is to remove the diseased portion of the colon. This is commonly done as a laparoscopic operation. It represents major surgery and is only indicated under certain circumstances. ...Read more

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Should I be, eating sweets, I have diverticulitis?

Should I be, eating sweets, I have diverticulitis?

Sweet not bad: Sweet are not bad for diverticulitis unless you are eating baklava which full of nuts that is bad ...Read more

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What are the corollaries of getting diverticulitis?

Not sure what asking: Inflamed diverticuli may affect adjacent tissues with the inflammation of these producing a wide spectrum of symptoms. They may perforate and produce localized abscesses, peritonitis, sepsis, formation of fistulous tracts to other organs, scarring and adhesions may create intestinal obstruction. If appropriately managed, however, these are uncommon. ...Read more

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What foods are described as bland foods? Diverticulitis

What foods are described as bland foods? Diverticulitis

Bland: Bland foods usually are not spicy or acidic or interesting. Think cheese sandwich,
cream of mushroom soup, crackers...... If is sounds too good, it's probably not on
your diet! ...Read more

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What foods should I avoid if I have diverticulitis and diverticulitis?

What foods should I avoid if I have diverticulitis and diverticulitis?

Diverticular Disease: Diverticular disease can be less frequent or severe by avoiding foods such as corn, popcorn, nuts and seeds. These items can get lodged in the pockets in your colon (diverticula) and cause inflammation which could lead to diverticulitis. ...Read more

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How can I prevent diverticulitis?

How can I prevent diverticulitis?

Fiber: There are many dietary recommendations that have been widely disseminated (things to avoid, etc), but recent studies have found no basis for those recommendations. The one thing that has been shown to prevent a second episode of diverticulitis (once someone has has a first episode) is to take a tablespoon of fiber supplementation (phyllium) daily. ...Read more

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Does diverticulitis cause bleeding?

No.: Diverticuli are small, typically pea-sized pockets that are very common in western societies, likely related to our high red meat, low fiber diets. The presence of these pockets is called diverticulosis and is very, very common, and may cause bleeding. Diverticulitis is inflammation of the colon brought about by rupture of one of these pockets; it generally does not cause bleeding. ...Read more

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What does levbid do for diverticulitis?

Reduces cramping: Levbid is primary used to help reduce abdominal cramping associated with irritable bowel syndrome. The primary treatment for diverticulitis is antibiotics. Fiber and avoiding constipation are also helpful. ...Read more

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Could diverticulitis cause pancreatitis?

No, I have: Never heard of a patient whose colonic diverticultis caused pancreatitis. In a rare cases, duodenal diverticula can cause pancreatitis, but this is really rare. ...Read more

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Can people with diverticulitis eat flaxseed?

Can people with diverticulitis eat flaxseed?

Depends: There are two schools of thought. And u guessed it, some say u can and others u can't! personally I feel that the biggest thing is formed soft bm. If ur stool is not hard, small pellets and u don't have to strain, eating seeds in moderation should b fine. Key is fiber fiber fiber and lots of water. ...Read more

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Could overnight oatmeal cause diverticulitis?

No: It is still a common myth that certain foods (undigestible foods like grains, corn) lead to more recurrences of diverticulitis. Many medical professionals still believe this however. Some people get recurrent diverticulitis no matter what they eat. ...Read more

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How is suspicion of diverticulitis confirmed?

How is suspicion of diverticulitis confirmed?

Examination: And history, elevated wbc, fever, pain usually in the lower abdomen toward the left and a confirmatory ct scan of abdomen and pelvis. ...Read more

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Does smokin and drinkin affect diverticulitis?

Does smokin and drinkin affect diverticulitis?

No direct effect.: There's no direct effect of cigarette smoking and alcohol drinking on diverticulitis or diverticulosis. But they're just not healthy in a general sense and should be avoided. Especially smoking - shouldn't smoke at all. A drink now and again wouldn't be harmful. ...Read more

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How soon after diverticulitis can I have wine?

How soon after diverticulitis can I have wine?

As soon as you: Tolerate a normal diet. One important exception is if you are taking metronidazole. You might feel really bad if you drink any alcohol while taking this antibiotic. ...Read more

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Can I eat blueberries if I have diverticulitis?

No: Once you develop acute diverticulitis you should stop eating blueberries and other foods which contain significant amounts of fiber. With these symptoms you need a a clear liquid diet which does not leave residue for your colon to digest. Please consult further with a gastroenterologist. I wish you well with your health! ...Read more

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When should I consider surgery for diverticulitis?

When should I consider surgery for 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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Can you eat turkey sausage if you have diverticulitis?

Yes: If not dealing with a current attack, turkey sausage is fine. However, ensure that your diet has plenty of fiber and water in it to help soften and add bulk to stools. This will help them pass more easily. ...Read more

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Diverticulitis (Definition)

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