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What are precautions when taking antibiotics for Crohn's disease?

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No matter which antibiotic you're taking:

  • Let your doctor know if you're pregnant before starting the medication.
  • Wear sunscreen during daylight hours.
  • Know that antibiotics can make birth control pills less effective.
  • Be aware that antibiotics can make bleeding more likely if you're also taking anticoagulants (drugs that curb blood clots).

From: Antibiotics for Crohn's Disease WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America: "Crohn's Disease Medication Options" and "Antibiotics."

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: "What are the treatments for Crohn's disease?"

MedlinePlus: "Ampicillin" and "Rifaximin."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 21, 2018

SOURCES:

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America: "Crohn's Disease Medication Options" and "Antibiotics."

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: "What are the treatments for Crohn's disease?"

MedlinePlus: "Ampicillin" and "Rifaximin."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 21, 2018

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