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    Hi, Just got back from my dr. I've been flaring, mostly l itching.( more than normal) It's not yeast. He looked at a slide under a microscope and said if anything it may be a bacterial infection. He prescribed flagyl. He knows I'm prone to yeast infections and said this antibiotic is less likely to cause yeast than others. Any one have any experience with this? Thanks!
    When I am afraid, I will trust in you. Psalm 56:3

  • #2
    I had a horrible reaction to flagyl. It caused my tongue to burn severely and swelled my taste buds up. I even took the metro-gel (which is vaginal) and had the same reaction.
    I am sensitive to meds in general, so you likely wont have this happen to you. It is hard on the stomach though if you have an already sensitive tum that is. I ended up having to take the clindamycin vaginal cream for the vaginosis I had, and it also really flared my IC.
    Good luck and hope you kick the infection. Did he send the culture off to see if you indeed did have an infection?


    • #3
      I have taken it since my IC diagnosis, but I am so prone to yeast infections when I take an antibiotic that I am routinely put on Diflucan along with the antibiotics if I am taking a full course.

      Maybe the flagyl is less broad spectrum than some others and that's why it is less likely to cause a yeast overgrowth?

      Diagnosed August 2001

      Current IC meds: Elmiron (since 2001), Levaquin (one pill after intercourse to prevent UTIs), Effexor (for depression & anxiety)

      Past IC meds: Amitriptyline (Elavil), Hydroxyzine (Vistaril), Detrol LA, Lexapro (for depression & anxiety, but also helped my IC) (They all helped, but I was able to discontinue them.)

      I've been virtually symptom free and able to eat & drink whatever I'd like for about 8 years now.


      “We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.” ~ Viktor Frankl

      “You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.” ~ Brian Tracy


      • #4
        Thanks for your quick replies! No he didn't culture it. He did say if I wanted to wait a few days to see if I feel better, before taking it I could.
        When I am afraid, I will trust in you. Psalm 56:3


        • #5
          I recently had to treat bacterial vaginosis with Clindamycin cream. I refused the metrogel vaginal prep (same as Flagyl) due to having had a very nasty reaction to oral Flagyl some years ago. The Flagyl made me crazy, and caused terrible bladder pain. The Clindamycin cream did cause bladder pain but got rid of the vag infection and the bladder pain decreased once I was done with the cream. Of course, I then had yeast, and had to treat that twice, and for me, I need to take oral diflucan at least 3 times, 3 days apart, along with a vaginal anti-yeast preparation. Finally, I feel better.



          • #6
            I took flagyl last yeasr for b vaginosis and used boric acid for 7 dyas at the same time, still got yeast afterwards (ah I also took diflucan) but that just me.
            Laser cervical surgery after abnormal pap (moderate dysplasia) in 3/2004
            UTIs since mid 2004
            Recurrent yeast infections since mid 2005
            IC dx 3/2006
            V V dx 12/2006
            Other conditions: IBS, allergies, dry eyes.

            Current IC medications:
            Elavil (since 12/06) 10 mg;
            Cysta Q (since 5/07)
            Rephresh acid jel every 3 days
            D-mannose, fish oil, Calcium Citrate, Multivitamins & garlic pills (sometimes)
            Probiotics Femdophilus or other brands
            Gy-Na-Tren for yeast infections (started using it as needed since 2010)
            Other Rx:Omeprazole 20mg; benadryl as needed, Restasis

            Past Meds and why I stopped them:
            Elmiron: March to September 2006: headaches
            Lyrica:2 weeks in 2006: headaches
            Cystoprotek: from Jan to April 2007: nausea

            Femcon Fe (2/07 to 10/07):caused spotting/bleeding
            BCP:Loestrin (since Ocotber 2007) to stop spotting for 2 months. V V worse. Stopped the pill in Nov 07.

            "Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it"


            • #7
              I'm on flagyl--first time I've ever taken it (and cipro). I had a hysterectomy a couple weeks ago and now have an infection. How long are you on it before yeast pops up?? Doesn't it taste terrible!!!


              • #8

                Everyone's different. Often, oral diflucan is prescribed along with any type of antibiotic (although Flagyl is not a typical antibiotic, I think). You might be all right without it, it's hard to say.