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I was diagnosed with diverticulitis and was started on Flagyl and cipro (ciprofloxacin). How long before feeling better?

I was diagnosed with diverticulitis and was started on Flagyl and cipro (ciprofloxacin). How long before feeling better?

48 hours: You really should start feeling better within 48 hours, if not earlier. If your symptoms are not improving or worsening, you should consider talking to the doctor that prescribed the antibiotics. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with diverticulitis and was started on Flagyl and cipro (ciprofloxacin)? Is that the usual therapy?

I was diagnosed with diverticulitis and was started on Flagyl and cipro (ciprofloxacin)? Is that the usual therapy?

Yes, quite common: It sounds like you have uncomplicated diverticulitis, which is most often treated as outpatient with oral antibiotics, often Cipro (ciprofloxacin) and flagyl. Most people get better; most (about 65%) won't have any more episodes. For those who do have another episode, 99% are less serious than the first one. After the acute episode is over, make sure to drink enough water (64 oz/day) and add a fiber supplement. ...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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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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I have been told that I have diverticulitis and colitis. I am on oral cipro (ciprofloxacin) and Flagyl for both. How long for the meds to kick in and the diarrheatostop?

Confirm the dx: You first have to make sure that the diagnosis is correct. Diverticular associated colitis is a real entity, but it is less common than ulcerative colitis or crohn's disease. If a gastroenterologist confirmed that diagnosis with colonoscopy and biopsy, then sometimes antibiotics, such as Cipro (ciprofloxacin) and Flagyl may not work to stop the diarrhea. Other treatment options are possible. ...Read more

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What's wrong with me? If I have diverticulitis why am on cipro (ciprofloxacin) and flagyl?

Infection: Diverticulitis is an infection in an out-pocketing of your intestine. If you have diverticulitis then Cipro (ciprofloxacin) and Flagyl are the antibiotics you need to be taking to help clear the infection. ...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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Dr "presumably" diagnosed me with diverticulitis. I'm taking cipro (ciprofloxacin) and flagyl. My bowels changed in color now dark and pasty is this normal?

Dr "presumably" diagnosed me with diverticulitis. I'm taking cipro (ciprofloxacin) and flagyl. My bowels changed in color now dark and pasty is this normal?

Not normal!!!: Black and pasty could mean that you have and upper gastrointestinal bleed... although unlikely...
Call your prescribing doctor, and do not panic. ...Read more

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I was put on cipro (ciprofloxacin) for diverticulitis but reacted to it - tendons of knees and feet severely swollen. Will taking only Flagyl be enough?

Medical re-evaluatio: You should contact your health care provider now. Metronidazole not adequate but depends how long you were on Ciprofloxacin and on the severity of the diverticulitis. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with Diverticulitis. How do I stop the diarrhea? Currently taking Cipro (ciprofloxacin) and Flagyl.

I have been diagnosed with Diverticulitis. How do I stop the diarrhea? Currently taking Cipro (ciprofloxacin) and Flagyl.

Be careful!!!: Diarrhea usually IS NOT part of the symptom complex of diverticulitis. How was your case diagnosed? Did you have a CT scan. And even if you did colitis, which is just a general term for inflamed colon, can look like diverticulitis but it would more commonly cause diarrhea. If diarrhea started after taking antibiotics you could have C diff colitis which requires stool culture and can be serious ...Read more

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Can I use doxycycline for diverticulitis? Allergic to sulfa and penicillin and unable to tolerate cipro/flagyl. Have not tried doxycycline.

Can I use doxycycline for diverticulitis? Allergic to sulfa and penicillin and unable to tolerate cipro/flagyl. Have not tried doxycycline.

Yes, one of the opti: But you should also try to find out whether you are allergic or intolerant to Flagyl or Cipro. Seek the help of an allergist since diverticulitis tends to recur. And doxycycline may or may not work the next time. ...Read more

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After being on cipro (ciprofloxacin) and Flagyl for 48 hrs for my first diagnosed diverticulitis I am having some groin pain mostly when lying down. All on left side.

After being on cipro (ciprofloxacin) and Flagyl for 48 hrs for my first diagnosed diverticulitis I am having some groin pain mostly when lying down. All on left side.

Hmmmm: It may still be diverticulitis pain. And since you just started on antibiotic. It may take a bit longer for it to work. However, if the pain worsen and running fever, nausea and vomiting, please see your doctor that is treating right away. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am taking cipro (ciprofloxacin) and Flagyl for diverticulitis can the combination of both antibiotics make your pee dark in color?

I am taking cipro (ciprofloxacin) and Flagyl for diverticulitis can the combination of both antibiotics make your pee dark in color?

Not typical: That's a common combination, but I've never had a patient comment on dark urine. Are you dehydrated? If you're passing good volume of urine and it's still dark, call your doctor. This should be investigated. Good luck. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with diverticulitis was given cipro (ciprofloxacin) & flagyl Day 4 and my lymph nodes in my neck are huge. Should I discontinue use my neck hurts?

See your doctor: Lymph node enlargement in the neck can't be from diverticulitis, and it would be very unlikely as a side effect of cipro (ciprofloxacin) or flagyl. I would guess something else is going on, which might be causing both the lymph node inflammation and intestinal or abdominal symptoms similar to diverticulitis. Return to your doctor ASAP and follow her advice about whether to continue the antibiotics. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have been taking cipro (ciprofloxacin) and Flagyl for about 48 hours for diverticulitis I am now having shoulder pain I researched and it appears I should stop the cipro (ciprofloxacin) r t tendonitis et al can I continue with just the flagyl?

I have been taking cipro (ciprofloxacin) and Flagyl for about 48 hours for diverticulitis I am now having shoulder pain I researched and it appears I should stop the cipro (ciprofloxacin) r t tendonitis et al can I continue with just the flagyl?

No: Shoulder discomfort is likely not related to the antibiotics. Keep taking the antibiotics as prescribed & contact your prescribing doctor for an examination. Do not stop medications without discussing with your doctor. ...Read more

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After 10 days on cipro/flagyl for diverticulitis I now have an 1.5cm swollen occipital lymphnode. A CT and abdominal X-ray was negative. Thoughts?

After 10 days on cipro/flagyl for diverticulitis I now have an 1.5cm swollen occipital lymphnode. A CT and abdominal X-ray was negative. Thoughts?

Could be anything: Swollen lymph nodes can be caused by anything (even dandruff!). The good news is that your ct was negative and that the occipital lymph nodes aren't generally related to the colon, where your diverticulitis was. You should be following up with your doctor about your diverticulitis anyway, so make sure they know to keep an eye on the lymph node. Chances are, it will go away with time! ...Read more

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I was giving cipro/flagyl for what looks like diverticulitis on a ct scan. I'm concerned cause I have tendinitis and peripheral neuropathy already.

I was giving cipro/flagyl for what looks like diverticulitis on a ct scan. I'm concerned cause I have tendinitis and peripheral neuropathy already.

Benefits > Risks: In this situation Cipro Flagyl is a standard regimen however Bactrim can be substituted for Cipro if you are concerned. It's probably too late because the outpatient regimen should show improvement within 3 days. Clear liquid diet. Be confident this regimen is keeping you safe and if any worsening of symptoms occurs seek ER/Surgical consultation please. Good luck. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed by a physical exam that I had a mild case of diverticulitis. I had a low grade fever, cramping, bloating, constipation/diarrhea tenderness to the touch in the lower left colon a week ago. I was put on cipro & Flagyl for 7-10 days and a 2

I was diagnosed by a physical exam that I had a mild case of diverticulitis. I had a low grade fever, cramping, bloating, constipation/diarrhea tenderness to the touch in the lower left colon a week ago. I was put on cipro & Flagyl for 7-10 days and a 2

Diverticulosis: Diverticulosis is very common - small outpouching of the lining of the large intestine (more often found on the left side of the colon), which are generally asymptomatic unless they become infected. It is found in more than half of americans over age 60. People who eat mostly processed food, as many americans eat, do not get enough fiber in their diet. As a result, constipation and hard stools are more likely to occur - causing people to strain when passing stools. This increases the pressure in the colon or intestines and may cause these pouches to form.

Diverticulitis can present with localized pain, fever, diarrhea, but on occasion, if ruptures (like an appendix), can cause peritonitis and abscess formation. In mild cases, antibiotics can soothe the infection. Once better, you should add more fiber to your diet and avoid certain foods, such as nuts and seeds. Eating more fiber can help prevent future attacks. However, if you develop more severe symptoms, or if you have repeated bouts of diverticulitis, you may need to have that segment of large intestine removed. In emergent situations, with abscess and advanced signs of infection, emergency surgery may necessitate the use of a temporary colostomy.

I suggest that you see a gastroenterologist, who may do a colonoscopy or barium enema. You may then be referred to a general or colorectal surgeon if surgery is needed. ...Read more

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On Cipro (ciprofloxacin) and Flagyl for colitis, also diagnoses of mild diverticulosis. Given vague dietary guidelines... How long eating BRAT diet? Then what to eat?

On Cipro (ciprofloxacin) and Flagyl for colitis, also diagnoses of mild diverticulosis. Given vague dietary guidelines... How long eating BRAT diet? Then what to eat?

Colitits: Those medications and that condition make it important to eat carefully but doesn't have to be BRAT diet (Banans, Rice, Applesauce, Toast) just nothing greasy or spicy or hard to digest - soups, rice, pasta, crackers, yogurt, etc- avoid any fast foods ...Read more

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Taking Flagyl and cipro (ciprofloxacin) together indefinitely, is this okay?

No: I cannot think of any condition that would require taking Cipro (ciprofloxacin) and Flagyl indefinately except for a polymicrobial infection of a foreign body that was impossible to remove. ...Read more

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Why are Flagyl and Cipro (ciprofloxacin) taken together? Any problem just taking Flagyl without Cipro (ciprofloxacin)?

Take both of them: There are several infections that might require treatment with both drugs, and taking only one of them could be dangerous. Your doctor wouldn't have prescribed both of them without good reason. Follow his or her advice. If you need more information about the reasons, contact the doctor's office. ...Read more

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Divertiulitis- I was given cipro (ciprofloxacin) - tendons in knee and feet swelled. Will Flagyl alone be enough to treat my divertiulitis?

Divertiulitis- I was given cipro (ciprofloxacin) - tendons in knee and feet swelled. Will Flagyl alone be enough to treat my divertiulitis?

No: Flagyl is used for specific microbial infections. Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is designed to treat specifically gram negative-type infections that occur in the GI tract. Stick with the anitbiotics prescribed by your doctor. If you still have adverse effects from the cipro, (ciprofloxacin) call your doctor and discuss. ...Read more

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Can I take ibuprofen pm. Cipro (ciprofloxacin). Metronidazole. I took the antiobiotic at 2pm today. I have diverticulitis and I cant sleep?

Can I take ibuprofen pm. Cipro (ciprofloxacin). Metronidazole. I took the antiobiotic at 2pm today. I have diverticulitis and I cant sleep?

Meds ok: That combination of meds is probably ok, but check with the ohaacy or the doctor that described them to be sure for your case. You could try Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to help you sleep. It's usually very effective for this. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I am on Flagyl and Cipro for intestinal parasites. After a few days of the antibiotics, I started having worse diaherrea, stomach cramping, and loss?

SideEffect/C Diffici: You are getting side effect from the Antibiotics. I suggest you drink extra fluids cosult your doctor as you might have Clostridium Difficile infection caused by the Antibiotics ...Read more

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