Treating IBD: Antibiotics

Treating IBD: Antibiotics


– Antibiotics are usually taken to treat inflammatory bowel disesase-related
intestinal infections, and occasionally to address
intestinal inflammation or disease complications. Antibiotics are used to treat infections that can occur with certain complications including abscesses or
pockets of infection and fistulae, which are
abnormal connections of the intestine to
other parts of the body. Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, is a bacterial infection
that patients with IBD are especially prone to, and requires antibiotic treatment. If an IBD patient has surgery, antibiotics are sometimes used afterwards. They can be given orally
or through the vein depending on why the
antibiotic is being given. Antibiotics may cause side
effects such as nausea, vomiting, or tingling of the
hands and feet among others. So talk to your doctor
about any side effects you may be experiencing, and do not stop taking antibiotics on your own. Additionally, talk with your doctor prior to starting any antibiotics, as some can be harmful and
increase risk for disease flare. To find out more about IBD medications, visit www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org.

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