I’ve been meaning to post about this for some time now in the hope it is of use to someone suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Up to 12 months ago I had constant diarrhea for 2 years. It started after a particularly hot chilli Indian meal, that I knew at the time I shouldn’t have eaten, however I felt obliged as I was a guest at the meal. The next day was excruciating and no mater what I did over the following weeks the diarrhea continued. I had many tests including 3 different stool tests checking for bad bacteria, a colonoscopy and a gastroscopy (sometimes called an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy) and of course blood tests. Apart from a slightly inflammation of the bowel nothing showed up as a cause.
After 2 years of this, I was thinking it was something I was going to have to live with the rest of my (probably shortened) life.
About 12 months ago I got a throat infection and was prescribed a course of the antibiotic Amoxicillin. My diarrhea immediately stopped. But when I finished the two-week course of the drug the diarrhea came back.
I googled antibiotics and IBS and sure enough there were a few references by sufferers who’d had the same experience, not with Amoxicillin but some other antibiotics, the main one being Rifaximin (Xifaxan). Neomycin, Clarithromycin (Biaxin) and Metronodazole (Flagyl) were also mentioned. As soon as the 2 week course of the antibiotic was stopped the diarrhea returned. One did say that they were cured after two months on antibiotics.
One research site also mentioned the need for a study of a longer-term course of antibiotics to see if it might effect a cure. (This may have been done by now, I haven’t checked).
I decided anything was better than what I was experiencing so went back to my doctor and asked him to prescribe a further month of Amoxicillin. It took some convincing (because he had organized the stool tests for bad bacteria which were negative) but he did eventually prescribe it for me. (I’m not sure whether I had a further four or six week course).
So, after a total of 6 or 8 weeks of Amoxicillin I stopped, and I have had no more diarrhea in the 12 months since.
I am not a doctor so if you do this, do so under the direction of your doctor. All bodies are different and yours may react differently, but if you try a longer course of Amoxicillin or Rifaximin or another antibiotic and it doesn’t help in 2-3 days I’d say it probably never will.
Some websites I accessed and where some of this information came from:
If you find this information interesting or you have had a similar experience please leave a comment below.
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