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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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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Diverticulitis (Definition)

A condition in which one or more of the small pouches in the digestive tract ...Read more


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How much time does it take to recover from diverticulitis?

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?

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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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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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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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

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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?

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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I have a history of diverticulitis and prostatitis and wanted to know if it's safe to take turmeric and ginger supplements?

I have a history of diverticulitis and prostatitis and wanted to know if it's safe to take turmeric and ginger supplements?

Okay,...: It is okay to take both - of course, never overuse anything but in moderation. To explore on how to use supplement and how to eat, go to articles in https://ebettercare.com/how-and-what-should-we-eat-and-drink/, https://ebettercare.com/overlooked-tips-of-eating/, etc. More on life reality? Go to articles listed in http://formefirst.com/onLifeBasics.html. All the best to health.... ...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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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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