Got a question about a med Im on...

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Jewelz, Nov 10, 2002.

  1. Jewelz

    Jewelz New Member

    Ive been pretty sore for the past two days, and the doctor put me on Flaygl and Bactrium.. Ive took bactrium before and I was ok with it since childhood. Im wondering if Flaygl can cause "severe" abdominal pain.. What can one to help ease this feeling? Ive tried eating with the pill, to not eating with the pill. Its driving me batty!! Like I can be in enough of discomfort already from the fibro. Really need some insight if anyones had the same side effect or perhaps theyve done something to ease the feeling. I can't sleep at night without it being there its constantly there. When I forgot to take one it went away.. as soon as I remembered took it and it came back.

    Regards

    Misty
  2. Jewelz

    Jewelz New Member

    Ive been pretty sore for the past two days, and the doctor put me on Flaygl and Bactrium.. Ive took bactrium before and I was ok with it since childhood. Im wondering if Flaygl can cause "severe" abdominal pain.. What can one to help ease this feeling? Ive tried eating with the pill, to not eating with the pill. Its driving me batty!! Like I can be in enough of discomfort already from the fibro. Really need some insight if anyones had the same side effect or perhaps theyve done something to ease the feeling. I can't sleep at night without it being there its constantly there. When I forgot to take one it went away.. as soon as I remembered took it and it came back.

    Regards

    Misty
  3. karen2002

    karen2002 New Member

    Hi Misty.....is the spelling on the second Bactrim?
    May I ask why your doctor has you on both these?
    Please Read below and you will find that the common side effects of Flagyl... this can include abdominal cramps.
    Flagyl
    Pronounced: FLAJ-ill
    Generic name: Metronidazole
    Flagyl is an antibacterial drug prescribed for certain vaginal and urinary tract infections in men and women; amebic dysentery and liver abscess; and infections of the abdomen, skin, bones and joints, brain, lungs, and heart caused by certain bacteria.
    Do not drink alcoholic beverages while taking Flagyl. The combination can cause abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, headaches, and flushing. It can also change the taste of the alcoholic beverage. When you have stopped taking Flagyl, wait at least 72 hours (3 days) before consuming any alcohol. Also avoid over-the-counter medications containing alcohol, such as certain cough and cold products.
    Flagyl works best when there is a constant amount in the blood. Take your doses at evenly spaced intervals, day and night, and try to avoid missing any. If you are being treated for the sexually transmitted genital infection called trichomoniasis, your doctor may want to treat your partner at the same time, even if there are no symptoms. Try to avoid sexual intercourse until the infection is cured. If you do have sex, use a condom.

    Flagyl can be taken with or without food. It may cause dry mouth. Hard candy, chewing gum, or bits of ice can help to relieve the problem.

    --If you miss a dose...

    Take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

    --Storage instructions...

    Store at room temperature. Protect from light.

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor immediately. Only your doctor can determine whether it is safe for you to continue taking Flagyl.

    Two serious side effects that have occurred with Flagyl are seizures and numbness or tingling in the arms, legs, hands, and feet. If you experience either of these symptoms, stop taking the medication and call your doctor immediately.


    More common side effects may include:
    Abdominal cramps, constipation, diarrhea, headache, loss of appetite, nausea, upset stomach, vomiting

    Less common side effects may include:
    Blood disorders, confusion, dark urine, decreased sex drive, depression, difficulty sleeping, dizziness, dry mouth (or vagina or vulva), fever, flushing, furry tongue, hives, inability to hold urine, increased production of pale urine, inflamed mouth or tongue, inflammation of the rectum, irritability, lack of muscle coordination, metallic taste, occasional joint pain, pain during sexual intercourse, painful or difficult urination, pelvic pressure, rash, stuffy nose, vertigo, weakness, yeast infection (candida) in vagina

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  4. tes

    tes New Member

    I don't take any of the meds that you mentioned. But I do notice when I take tylenol #2 or any other meds, I get the severe abnominal pain. It's around the belly button area and it is constant. Not sharp in nature, but a feeling like someone is twisting my insides. Is this how you feel? Also, keep in mind that fibro does also cause this kind of pain. My mom suffers from fm as well, and has had this type of pain on and off for about 8 years now. It is not pleasant

    God Bless,
    Tes
  5. Jewelz

    Jewelz New Member

    Bactrim is the name of the second one. Im not well with writing. Expecially when Im in alot of discomfort. *grin*
    I was put on these meds for a stomach infection. Basically inflammation, erosions.. all she would tell me was there was an infection she said the name but all I remember is part of it.. "hebbo" something. lol Fibro Fog.. Sorry..

    --Abdominal cramps, constipation, diarrhea, headache, loss of appetite, nausea, upset stomach, vomiting--

    The metallic taste is horrible...

    I can deal with the headaches, loss of appetite, consipation, and the nausea.. which is all symptoms I also get off of it. I can usually tolerate most stuff, but the abdominal pain is totally taking every activity from me all day long. It ranges from the ovary area to the rib area.. Its very sharp and instant... --Tes- yes It feels like I wanna rip my stomach out it hurts so bad. Like I swallowed a board sideways and knoted up in several places..

    I am also not a drinker.. Now if pop was alcohol, Id be a addict. :)


    If I can't find any relief I will make every effort to contact my physician, Monday. I just hate it cause he might just take me off of it and not give me anything else to follow the next 8 days. Im supposed to be on them for 10..

    Regards,
    Misty
  6. karen2002

    karen2002 New Member

    Bactrim, an antibacterial combination drug, is prescribed for the treatment of certain urinary tract infections, severe middle ear infections in children, long-lasting or frequently recurring bronchitis in adults that has increased in seriousness, inflammation of the intestine due to a severe bacterial infection, and travelers' diarrhea in adults. Bactrim is also prescribed for the treatment of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, and for prevention of this type of pneumonia in people with weakened immune systems.


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    Most important fact about this drug
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    Sulfamethoxazole, an ingredient in Bactrim, is one of a group of drugs called sulfonamides, which prevent the growth of bacteria in the body. Rare but sometimes fatal reactions have occurred with use of sulfonamides. These reactions include Stevens-Johnson syndrome (severe eruptions around the mouth, anus, or eyes), progressive disintegration of the outer layer of the skin, sudden and severe liver damage, a severe blood disorder (agranulocytosis), and a lack of red and white blood cells because of a bone marrow disorder.

    Notify your doctor at the first sign of an adverse reaction such as skin rash, sore throat, fever, joint pain, cough, shortness of breath, abnormal skin paleness, reddish or purplish skin spots, or yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes.

    Frequent blood counts by a doctor are recommended for patients taking sulfonamide drugs.


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    How should you take this medication?
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    It is important that you drink plenty of fluids while taking this medication in order to prevent sediment in the urine and the formation of stones.

    Bactrim works best when there is a constant amount in the blood. Take Bactrim exactly as prescribed; try not to miss any doses. It is best to take doses at evenly spaced times day and night.

    If you are taking Bactrim suspension, ask your pharmacist for a specially marked measuring spoon that delivers accurate doses.

    --If you miss a dose...

    Take the forgotten dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

    --Storage instructions...

    Store tablets and suspension at room temperature and protect from light. Keep tablets in a dry place. Protect the suspension from freezing.


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    What side effects may occur?
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    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Bactrim.


    More common side effects may include:
    Hives, lack or loss of appetite, nausea, skin rash, vomiting

    Less common or rare side effects may include:
    Abdominal pain, allergic reactions, anemia, chills, convulsions, depression, diarrhea, eye irritation, fatigue, fever, hallucinations, headache, hepatitis, inability to fall or stay asleep, inability to urinate, increased urination, inflammation of heart muscle, inflammation of the mouth and/or tongue, itching, joint pain, kidney failure, lack of feeling or concern, lack of muscle coordination, loss of appetite, low blood sugar, meningitis (inflammation of the brain or spinal cord), muscle pain, nausea, nervousness, red, raised rash, redness and swelling of the tongue, ringing in the ears, scaling of dead skin due to inflammation, sensitivity to light, severe skin welts or swelling, skin eruptions, skin peeling, vertigo, weakness, yellowing of eyes and skin

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    Why should this drug not be prescribed?
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    If you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to trimethoprim, sulfamethoxazole, or other sulfa drugs, you should not take this medication. Make sure that your doctor is aware of any drug reactions that you have experienced.

    Unless you are directed to do so by your doctor, do not take this medication if you have been diagnosed as having megaloblastic anemia, which is a blood disorder due to a deficiency of folic acid.

    This drug should not be given to infants less than 2 months of age.

    Bactrim is not recommended for preventative or prolonged use in middle ear infections and should not be used in the treatment of streptococcal pharyngitis (strep throat) or certain other strep infections.

    You should not take Bactrim if you are pregnant or nursing a baby.


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    Special warnings about this medication
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    Make sure your doctor knows if you have impaired kidney or liver function, have a folic acid deficiency, are a chronic alcoholic, are taking anticonvulsants, have been diagnosed as having malabsorption syndrome (abnormal intestinal absorption), are in a state of poor nutrition, or have severe allergies or bronchial asthma. Bactrim should be used cautiously under these conditions.

    If you develop severe diarrhea, call your doctor. This drug can cause a serious intestinal inflammation.

    If you have AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) and are taking Bactrim to treat or prevent Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, you will experience more side effects than will someone without AIDS.


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    Possible food and drug interactions when taking this medication
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    If Bactrim is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Bactrim with the following:

    Amantadine (Symmetrel)
    Blood thinners such as Coumadin
    Cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune)
    Digoxin (Lanoxin)
    Indomethacin (Indocin)
    Methotrexate (Rheumatrex)
    Oral diabetes medications such as Micronase and Glucotrol
    Pyrimethamine (Daraprim)
    Seizure medications such as Dilantin
    Tricyclic antidepressants such as Elavil, Norpramin, Sinequan, and Tofranil
    Water pills (diuretics) such as HydroDIURIL


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    Special information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
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    Bactrim should not be taken during pregnancy. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, notify your doctor immediately. Bactrim does appear in breast milk and could affect a nursing infant. It should not be taken while breastfeeding.


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    Recommended dosage
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    ADULTS


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    Urinary Tract Infections and Intestinal Inflammation
    The usual adult dosage in the treatment of urinary tract infection is 1 Bactrim DS (double strength tablet) or 2 Bactrim tablets, or 4 teaspoonfuls (20 milliliters) of Bactrim Pediatric Suspension every 12 hours for 10 to 14 days. The dosage for inflammation of the intestine is the same but is taken for 5 days.

    [This Message was Edited on 11/10/2002]
  7. karen2002

    karen2002 New Member

    I think you should call your doctor Monday morning. If this was not part of your fibro pain prior to the medication....and the abdominal pain occured after you began taking these two antibiotics, I would suspect one or both of these to be the culprit. I am a bit puzzled as to why two antibiotics?
    Karen
    Just found this and says two antibiotics are normal.....are you taking pepto bismol?
    Helicobacter pylori
    What if I have an ulcer and H. pylori infection?
    if you have H. pylori infection too, you should also treat the infection. H. pylori is hard to get rid of. No single drug can cure this infection. The best way to cure H. pylori infection is to take several drugs at the same time.

    A good combination of drugs for H. pylori infection is two antibiotics plus bismuth (bismuth is commonly called Pepto-Bismol). This combination means taking a large number of pills every day. Other combinations that use fewer drugs might also help. Your doctor can help decide which medicines you should take. It's important to take the medicines just the way your doctor tells you.

    [This Message was Edited on 11/10/2002]
  8. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    I have had a bladder infection and been put on Bactrim along with my usual Doxycycline. I take my probiotics every day.

    Love, Mikie
  9. pam_d

    pam_d New Member

    I never experienced the abdominal pain you mentioned, but when I took Flagyl several years ago, I had such severe, severe mouth dryness (I get this from a lot of meds, but this was way worse) that I had to stop--I could barely swallow, and even after I stopped, it took two days before I felt normal. I swore I'd never take flagyl again!! Haven't had to. Hope you figure out what's causing your pain so that you can take steps to feel more comfortable---maybe there's an alternative to flagyl..

    Good luck,
    Pam