An Overview On Diverticulitis Antibiotics
With a little research one can easily know within a very short period what Diverticulitis is and know what the symptoms are. In a simplified manner, Diverticulitis can be described as inflammation of the pouches found in the intestinal wall of the colon.
No ailment is secluded from the possibility of complications. Possible complications that can be experience with Diverticulitis are perforation of the colon, forming of fistula, also know as narrowing of the colon or even the forming of abscesses.
Now you want to know how serious it is. Diverticulitis, if left untreated can become life threatening and the conditions that are results of Diverticulitis left untreated can be fatal. Therefore, relying on self diagnosis is not recommended.
In the event where treatment is started at the soonest, treatment can be very effective. The norm of treatment involves Diverticulitis antibiotics in the majority of cases and can safely be regarded as a proven and successful way of treating Diverticulitis.
The three most common Diverticulitis antibiotics prescribed by doctors are Doxycycline, Ciprofloxacin, and Metronidazole.
As with any other types of medication, each of these four types of antibiotics have certain possible side effects that patients may experience during the time of use. They are not often found during treatment, but better be prepared than uninformed.
Doxycycline, also better know in its commercial form as Vibramycin, is a broad spectrum antibiotic and is widely used for the treatment of various infections. It has gain popularity for the high tolerance level patients have for this antibiotic. However, the most ordinary side effects for Doxycycline are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and in some cases abdominal pain.
Interestingly, patients who use Doxycycline are recommended to avoid or limit their exposure to sunlight while on a program of Doxycycline. It has been recorded that patients using this type of antibiotic have an increased risk of sunburn during use.
Ciprofloxacin, known as Cipro as well, is another broad spectrum antibiotic and is especially popular for use in urinary infections, diarrhea related infections and other abdominal related infections. It is important to note that although Ciprofloxacin is a popular antibiotic to use for these types of infections, it is not at all limited to these types of infections.
Ciprofloxacin too has a good tolerance rate amongst patients and are prescribed with good prognosis levels. Apart from the normal know side effects relating to antibiotics such as nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain, alternative side effects such as headaches and rashes are not abnormal to occur. Unusual cases of rare allergic reactions have been recorded, but as mentioned, they are out of the ordinary and limited.
It has been recorded in the past however that when patients do not use the program of Ciprofloxacin precisely as prescribed, or when a too high dosage is used, there is a possibility of excessive bacterial growth in the colon which can result in colon infection.
The antibiotic Metronidazole, also commercially known as Flagyl is commonly prescribed for pelvic, abdominal, and liver diseases. As the other two mentioned antibiotics, this too is a broad spectrum antibiotic which is tolerated well by patients when used as prescribed.
Patients can experience ordinary side effects such as headaches, nausea, and loss of appetite. Severe side effects such as lack of sensation in the hands and feet have been reported in the past.
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