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Can you take philips mom or other laxatives when you have diverticulitis?

Can you take philips mom or other laxatives when you have diverticulitis?

Cautiously: I would not use anything stronger than mom as you risk bowel perforation. Try liquid diet only for several days. Often with diverticulitis the bowel is swollen and it is difficult to pass firm stool through the area of inflammation. Check with your doctor or the physician managing your diverticulitis. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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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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My mom has had diverticulitis since february, 2012. She is 85 and the gostrologist is suggesting surgery on her colon. Is she to old? She is healthy

My mom has had diverticulitis since february, 2012. She is 85 and the gostrologist is suggesting surgery on her colon. Is she to old? She is healthy

No: There is no age that is too old. I have done much larger and more serious operations on patients her elder and they have done fine.

It all has to do with her overall health status.

And. ... It depend on how much your mom wants it. Maybe she's tired and doesn't want to deal with it. It's ultimately up to her - but her age does not preclude her from surgery. ...Read more

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Mom's in ICU with diverticulitis perforated colon and septis. Kidney failure and not waking up once sedation was stopped. Could I loss her?

Mom's in ICU with diverticulitis perforated colon and septis. Kidney failure and not waking up once sedation was stopped. Could I loss her?

I am so sorry: I am sorry for your situation. Perforated colon due to diverticulitis causing sepsis and kidney failure is very serious. Has she had surgery? or are they attempting to treat without surgery. As a specialty surgeon who has managed many of these situations I can tell you it is possible to survive this. Please do not hesitate to make sure all of the doctors are communicating with you/your family. ...Read more

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My mom's bladder still feels full after passing urine & she has occasional "accidents" from her back passage. She has suffered with diverticulosis.

My mom's bladder still feels full after passing urine & she has occasional "accidents" from her back passage. She has suffered with diverticulosis.

Urinary incontinence: Your mom has urinary incontinence which is very common in women. She should see her doctor for a referral to a urologist. This is an expert in the urinary tract. Medications may help, but other maneuvers or studies may be required. As long as she has this her quality of life may be limited. After treatment most patients have a boost in self esteem. ...Read more

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I have severe chronic diverticulosis. Diet and laxatives not helping with constipation and pain. What are my options?

I have severe chronic diverticulosis. Diet and laxatives not helping with constipation and pain. What are my options?

See a doctor: Diverticulosis is not surgically treated. Diverticulosis does not cause constipation. You need to see a doctor for treatment of your chronic constipation. Repeated episodes of true infection requiring antibiotics due to recurrent diverticulitis may benefit from surgery, but this surgery will not be expected to correct chronic constipation either. ...Read more

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My mom recently had an egd and colonoscopy, and was diagnosed with diverticulitis, internal hemorrhoids and GERD and was prescribed with canasa. She has bouts of abdominal pain but goes away. She takes Zantac and omeprazole as needed. Is canasa really n

My mom recently had an egd and colonoscopy, and was diagnosed with diverticulitis, internal hemorrhoids and GERD and was prescribed with canasa. She has bouts of abdominal pain but goes away. She takes Zantac and omeprazole as needed. Is canasa really n

Canasa for hems too: I use Canasa for internal hemorrhoids, to decrease bleeding. Are you sure she had diverticulitis, or was it diverticulosis? Diverticulitis is a potentially serious infection. Diverticulosis is the presence of pockets in the colon without infection. Most likely, she has diverticulosis, or they would have started her on a specific diet and antibiotics. ...Read more

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Should I see a specialist for diverticulitis, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Should I see a specialist for diverticulitis, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Both are fine: Most physicians can treat diverticulitis, but the most important thing is to make sure that the diagnosis is correct. If you have an episode of diverticulitis, it is often recommended to have a colonoscopy at some point afterwards though, and this should be done by a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Is it better to take cipro (ciprofloxacin) and amaxacilian together instead of stopping the amaxacilian 1/2 through to help diverticulitis?

Is it better to take cipro (ciprofloxacin) and amaxacilian together instead of stopping the amaxacilian 1/2 through to help diverticulitis?

Please don't...: Out-patient management of diverticulitis will typically involve antibiotics by mouth that will cover gut bacteria that can grow in the presence or absence of oxygen. Most likely, you are switching from amoxicillin-clavulanate to ciprofloxacin+metronidazole. Taking amox and Cipro is not recommended since it's inadequate coverage and can increase the risk of a bacterial infection called "c. Diff ". ...Read more

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I had an attach of diverticulitis yesterday. Am on hoidays overseas andvstarted take ibilex 500 together with metrogyl given by my doctor. Bad headach?

I had an attach of diverticulitis yesterday. Am on hoidays overseas andvstarted take ibilex 500 together with metrogyl given by my doctor. Bad headach?

Diverticulitis: I would think the headache is associated with your diverticulitis and stress associated with your being away from home. I would suggest that you take the medication prescribed by your doctor and take Advil (ibuprofen) or Tylinol for your headache. If that does. Not help I would see a physician ...Read more

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Which medicine to take for diverticulitis is most effective?

Which medicine to take for diverticulitis is most effective?

Remember: That management of acute diverticulitis may require medications that address nausea/vomiting, abdominal pain and infection. So there are many medications effective in treating diverticulitis and the associated symptoms. If you are wondering about antibiotics, common ones used are ciprofloxacin combined with metronizadole (or clindamycin), Augmentin, (amoxicillin and clavulanate) Unasyn, Zosyn, or Timentin. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take internal cleansing formulas if I have diverticulitis/diverticulosis?

Diverticulitis....no: Diverticulitis occurs when a small pocket on your colon ruptures. I would advise against taking anything that might overstimulate the colon during an acute episode of diverticulitis, either from above or below. ...Read more

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At what point do you go back to the er? I I have diverticulitis&colitis and the diarrhea for it. I feel like im putting out more than I take in

At what point do you go back to the er? I I have diverticulitis&colitis and the diarrhea for it. I feel like im putting out more than I take in

Being sick: What is your heart rate? How often are you peeing? Any pain that is intractable? Are your lips chapped? Are you dizzy. The right answer in most class is not to go to the er, but to contact or see your family physician first. ...Read more

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Just had a minor bout of diverticulitis... how long to take cipro (ciprofloxacin) and flagyl...7 or 10 or 14 days. Feeling much better after just 24 hours with meds.

You need to ask: This question to your doctor who knows your medical history. I do not advise you to treat yourself for an assumed diverticulitis if this is the case. ...Read more

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What is the normal length of time for people to take Flagyl for diverticulitis?

2 weeks: Flagyl and Cipro (ciprofloxacin) or Levaquin should be given for at least 14 days along with dietary modification. ...Read more

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Starting vls3 probiotics for diverticulitis, I need a recomindation dosage and what's the best time to take them?

Starting vls3 probiotics for diverticulitis, I need a recomindation dosage and what's the best time to take them?

No specifics to give: Probiotics is known to help restore normal bacterial flora of intestines if being altered by antibiotic use or poor lifestyle. Its recommended dose is arbitrary so you may take it as advised usually with or before meals from the Company-but at most double it up and see since individual tolerance widely varies among people. But still remember healthy lifestyle remains the foundation of all care. ...Read more

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I have history of diverticulitis and wanted to know if its ok to take grapefruit seed extract daily as part of my diet to avoid another attack?

I have history of diverticulitis and wanted to know if its ok to take grapefruit seed extract daily as part of my diet to avoid another attack?

Assuming that: You had sigmoid diverticulitis, a high fiber diet is generally recommended. However, it is at best marginally effective especially in the short term. Grapefruit seed extract seems harmless enough to me, but you should consult with your doctor or gi specialist, just to make sure. ...Read more

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How long does it take for diverticulitis lead to sepsis if left untreated?

It varies: If untreated it could take days or it could take weeks. But a diagnosis of diverticulitis should be treated promptly with antibiotics regardless of the risk for progression to sepsis. ...Read more

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How much time does it take to recover from diverticulitis?

Depends: On many factors as diverticulitis can be very minor and treated as an outpatient with diet modification, pain medications and oral antibiotics to as severe as life-threatening requiring surgery and life-support. In general, most persons get significantly better after several days of treatment initiation but may take several weeks till they feel close to normal. ...Read more

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Is there over-the-counter medicine that I can take for diverticulitis?

No: Diverticulosis is a process through which the colon makes "pockets" over time. It is a common condition and generally does not cause discomfort or fever. However, when one of these pockets becomes obstructed through stool or food by-products, the condition is called diverticulitis. This is a more serious condition for which antibiotics, either orally or intravenously administered, are required. ...Read more

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How soon after diverticulitis attack can you take psyllium husk powder?

How soon after diverticulitis attack can you take psyllium husk powder?

I generally: Treat acute diverticulitis with 2 weeks of antibiotics and to stay on a no to low fiber diet for 6 weeks from diagnosis. I do not recommend starting psyllium before the 6 weeks have elapsed and you are symptom free as you risk a more severe recurrence during those 6 weeks with possible complication of perforation, abscess or fistula development, all of which are emergencies. ...Read more

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How much time does it usually take to recover after diverticulitis surgery?

4-6 weeks: Depending on whether the surgery is laparoscopic or open changes the recovery. Typically my patients are home after 4-5 days and back doing usual activity 3 weeks later. If the surgery was open - requiring an old fashioned incision - the stay is 5-7 days and it is 4-6 weeks of recovery. ...Read more

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Can I take a stool softener while having an active case of diverticulitis?

Can I take a stool softener while having an active case of diverticulitis?

It is usually: Suggested that diverticulitis best to a diet which contains significant residue. Since stool "softeners"usually contain artificial "bulk" I would think it would be OK. HOWEVER I would suggest you consult with you Treating Health Care Professional before taking ANY medication which might have an effect upon your bowel condition!
Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more

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I am trying to heal my diverticulitis flareups naturally is it ok to take ginger root, vitamin d, grapefruit extract, apple vinegar through out the day?

I am trying to heal my diverticulitis flareups naturally is it ok to take ginger root, vitamin d, grapefruit extract, apple vinegar through out the day?

Abdominal Pain: If you have abdominal pain in the setting of known diverticular disease and or fever or chills present immediately for an exam by MD. Do not try to heal yourself with herbs because you are safest with a proper examination. ...Read more

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Inflammation of testicles post diverticulitis surgery. What can be done for relief? Is it life threatening? How long will it take to return to normal

Inflammation of testicles post diverticulitis surgery. What can be done for relief? Is it life threatening? How long will it take to return to normal

See your doctor: There are a few things that can cause this, most are absolutely benign and it will go away. However, without seeing it and knowing the full story, my recommendation to you is see your doctor immediately to be safe.

There are a few things that can become bigger problems if left untreated. ...Read more

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Can I take cipro and flagyl (I have diverticulitis) with my Ativan for my anxiety? Is there any interactions?

Can I take cipro and flagyl (I have diverticulitis) with my Ativan for my anxiety? Is there any interactions?

No interactions: These antibiotics are used all the time in people taking Ativan and other anti-anxiety drugs. Check with your doctor if you remain in doubt, but I see no reason for worry. Good luck for rapid clearance of your diverticulis! ...Read more

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Taking Flagyl and cipro (ciprofloxacin) for diverticulitis. Should I take probiotics at same time? Can I eat nuts and seeds now or after symptoms (pain) goes away?

Probiotics are safe.: Probiotics will not affect your antibiotic treatment for diverticulitis and are safe to take. I would avoid eating anything with seeds or nuts as these may get stuck in a diverticulum and cause a flare of diverticulitis. Risk of recurrence is drastically reduced by removing the diseased part of the colon. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take bone protein or 1 tbps of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water while you have diverticulitis?

Depends on stage: It depends on how severe & how long ago the process started, & therefore when you were diagnosed / what diet has been prescribed. I'm assuming you've seen a physician or surgeon to know what "diverticulitis" is. If you've been advanced to a liquid diet (normally done about 2-3 days after bowel rest), then I don't see any problem in taking protein powder or vinegar mixed with water (it's still liqd ...Read more

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On lansoprazole for a year 15mg a day for Diverticulitis and for risk bleeding on Plavix I See Lansoprazole can decrease my magnesium. So on my medication, especially Ramipril can I take magnesium supplements as there is moderate risk of hyperkalemia?

On lansoprazole for a year 15mg a day for Diverticulitis and for risk bleeding on Plavix I See Lansoprazole can decrease my magnesium. So on my medication, especially Ramipril can I take magnesium supplements as there is moderate risk of hyperkalemia?

You need levels: Before you assume that a possible side effect of a medication is going to happen to you you need to know for sure. Too much magnesium, potassium or calcium can be as bad as too little. A simple blood test looking at your magnesium and electrolytes will answer that question, and then you have information to tailor what if any supplements to take ...Read more

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Can I take tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil for pain while I'm on cipro and Flagyl for a diverticulitis flair up?

Can I take tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil for pain while I'm on cipro and Flagyl for a diverticulitis flair up?

Yes: Yes you can. There is no relationship in how they work and can be taken together without concern of a possible cross reaction. ...Read more

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Which probiotics are good to take after a bout of diverticulitis? I'm also taking citrucel everyday. I bought colon health from bayer (aspirin).

Which probiotics are good to take after a bout of diverticulitis? I'm also taking citrucel everyday. I bought colon health from bayer (aspirin).

Best: Probiotics that I use regularly with my patients are Florastor or align both over the counter and available virtually everywhere. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Griggs
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Laxative (Definition)

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