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Bowels and antibiotics - unpleasant and embarrassing - any ideas what I can do?
I'm on long-term antibiotics, a single dose of tetracycline every day for 3-6months. It doesn't make me feel ill, but boy does it mess my bowels up. The world falls out of my bum several times a day, and my gut rumbles so loudly that people around me have actually turned to look .
I take the medication at night (empty stomach) with some charcoal tablets, and a probiotic in the morning, with more charcoal. The charcoal helps a bit - without it the wind is so bad that I get painfully bloated.
No need for yakult and all those crappy things - but the active ingredient is acidophilus which you can get in Boots or Holland and Barrett in tablet form. Works a treat (used to take anti-b's daily for acne ). Acidophilus is the friendly bacteria that helps replenish what the anti-b's kill off. It's really good for Irritable Bowel Syndrome too and for general digestive health.
Mine aren't enteric coated afaik, I did just check my bottle but it doesn't say. I use simplysupplements online Camomile tea is good, as is fennel tea. Both smell and taste like a hippies socks though Weirdly - and rather wonderfully - the thing that I can be sure doesn't set me off is fish and chips from the chippy
That's good...I imagined it had been going on for longer.
Yes do check, I'd have thought it would be starting to improve by now.
There may be something else they can give you instead.
Also there's a brand that sell some very good probiotics...very popular on the continent but recommended over here for use alongside or after antibiotics. The brand is D'tecta and they make various capsules - you can get them online I think or else in local health food shops.
I had this after taking fluoxacillin for food poisening.
I had porridge for two weeks made with water and bananas, i had it twice a day. it was very boring but it sorted my gut right out.
If your intolerant to dairy I would avoid any dairy based products, surely it will only irritate the gut. Are the pro-biotics non dairy? I'm allergic so I could only find one type I could have but it got discontinued.
Thanks, Lunatic definitely not a dead meat smell. If anything I am less, umm, fragrant than usual.
Actually, today has been quite good. Much less flatulent, gut-rumbles much more discreet, and fewer bowel movements than in the past two weeks. I only started taking the probiotics (30 million orgs per capsule) on Wednesday, as i didnt want to delay starting the abs until I had bought the probiotics. Perhaps that was a mistake!
Fluffy I'm taking BioCare. They are vegan, so would be fine for you. There are several dairy-free makes, ask in a good health food shop (not Holland & Barrett)