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Hi, I've noticed after reading through many topics that many of you have been prescribed Flagyl and I wonder why. As far as I've been told by doctors Flagyl is an extremely strong antibiotic usually prescribed for severe bacterial infections , parasites, trichimosis and these types of problems. From my own experience with Flagyl please insist that your doctor have a stool culture taken before going on this drug(preferably a proper culture done through a hospital or reputable lab - they technician should give you three vials to return). I've had improper cultures taken and who wants to go through that experience more than necessary. I was given Flagyl about 7 years ago for what was probably travels D that I had while in Maui of all places. Anyway a culture was not tken before I took the drug so if the illness was not bacterial in nature it was useless. I got worse and wound up with too much yeast in my colon after finally having a cultre done and then given nizoral which worked great on yeast by the way & nizoral is not an antibiotic. This kicked off my IBS that I have dealt with since 1992. Just some advise from a fellow sufferer. Doctors often prescribe antibiotics without doing the proper tests and we know that antibiotics do not cure viral infedtions and then proceed to destroy the good flora in our system . These drugs are great when they are really need to fight bacteria but otherwise beware!
 

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Having had a similar experience with antibiotics (not Flagyl), but given indiscriminately to me just the same, and causing a yeast problem; I agree with you crzymama. Diflucan worked for me with the yeast problem. (Funny, you don't sound crazy to me).------------------
 
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Hi Moldie, My kids gave me that name and sometimes I feel crazy because of IBS & menopause. I guess we have to be really assertive and tell doctors what we feel we need and want. That helps us control our IBS instead of it controlling us!
 
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Flagyl and codeine so far have been the only things that temporarily stopped my D.I guess both have a side effect of causing C.I am suspicious that the tests looking for evidence of organisms are limited to maybe a dozen things.Lowell
 

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Just had to put in my experience with Flagyl. I too was given Flagyl by my new GI doc without any tests to find out if I had the drug was for! I refused to take it and now my new doc is irritated with me and told me if I wasn't going to do what he told me to there was no need to come! I have never taken an antibiotic without it really messing me up badly. And with chronic diarrhea I'm scared what it will do to me! I'm glad to know that I was not being unreasonable in not taking it. This giving of antibiotics just across the board for whatever might ail you is not for me!
 
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I have taken Flagyl several times over the last 3 or 4 years. Along with IBS, I also have diverticuli that get infected and my colon gets inflamed. Talk about pain!!! The Flagyl fights the infection very well along with a second antibiotic I take called Septra. 500 mg of Flagyl 3X a day for 10 days, usually does the trick. No side effects except for a strong metal taste in my mouth as the Flagyl builds up in my system. The taste will last for 1-2 weeks after I finish the antibiotic.[This message has been edited by Dell (edited 10-16-1999).]
 
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