If a doctor has diagnosed you or a loved one with an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) -- like Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, or diverticulitis -- he may suggest a low-residue diet.
Never heard of it? The basic idea is that you'll eat foods that are easy to digest and you'll limit those that aren't.
There are two ways these drugs treat the inflammation in your gut from Crohn's. Researchers believe they might help control symptoms by reducing bacteria levels in your intestine and by curbing the intestine's immune system.
You'll also get them to treat specific infections and complications.
Antibiotics for Crohn's Complications
Abscesses. These are pockets of pus that, in Crohn’s, often form near the anus.
Fistulas. These are abnormal tunnels that go from one part of your intestine to another or to nearby areas, such as the bladder, vagina, anus, or skin.
Pouchitis. For some people, Crohn’s disease is so severe that they need an operation to have their colon removed. The surgeon makes an internal pouch to hold solid waste before it leaves your body. If this area becomes inflamed -- known as "pouchitis" -- you'll need antibiotics for treatment.
With metronidazole, you may also have numbness or tingling in your hands. If you do, you'll need to stop taking it. Although this side effect is rare, sometimes it doesn't go away. Seizures are another rare, serious side effect.
Avoid alcohol if you're taking metronidazole. It can interact with the drug to cause a rare but severe reaction. The symptoms are nausea, vomiting, and shortness of breath.
These side effects of ciprofloxacin are rare, but may include: