Ciprofloxacin Review

Ciprofloxacin  (also referred to as Cipro) is classified as an antibiotic. It treats various types of bacterial infections and can also be used to slow/prevent anthrax after exposure. It can be taken with or without food but should not be taken with dairy products such as milk, yogurt, or calcium fortified juice. The reason for this is because it can make the medicine less effective. Dairy products can be eaten during the day, just not at the same time you take the medicine. Ciprofloxacin was prescribed to me by my Urologist. I had been suffering from recurring urinary tract infections (UTIs) and was put on Macrodantin for 6 months. Ciprofloxacin was to be used in case of an emergency where the Macrodantin was not doing its job of keeping the UTIs away. I was also instructed to use Ciprofloxacin for UTI flare ups once my six months on Macrodantin were up. Some side effects of Ciprofloxacin are nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, restlessness, headache, rash and abdominal pain.

The only side effects I experienced while on this medicine were restlessness and nausea. It was always necessary for me to take Ciprofloxacin with food. The medicine was extremely effective in treating UTIs. I had several flare ups during the six months I was on Macrodantin and one or two, once the six months were up. Ciprofloxacin took care of them right away. I usually only had to use the pills for a day or two and then I was symptom free. The instructions my Urologist gave me were to take a pill at the first sign of a flare up and continue taking the pills until the symptoms were gone and then stop. Others who are prescribed Ciprofloxac for a one time UTI may be instructed to continue taking the pills until the bottle is finished. Be sure to take the medicine just as your doctor prescribed.  Without insurance, Ciprofloxacin costs about $26 for thirty 250mg pills. With insurance, it costs about $5.

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Flagyl Review

Flagyl, also known as Metronidazole is an antibiotic used to treat certain parasites and anaerobic bacteria. It was prescribed to me by my gynecologist to treat what they thought was bacterial vaginosis (BV), also referred to as a bacterial infection. Side effects of Flagyl can include, nausea, headaches, loss of appetite, a metallic taste, and rash. It should be stored at room temperature and away from light. Do not drink alcohol while taking Flagyl or for 3 days after taking it. It can cause severe vomiting, nausea, cramps, flushing, headaches, vaginal itching and discharge.

I was given the extended release Flagyl. For the extended release form of medicine, it should be taken at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after eating a meal. The pills should not be broken or crushed. Breaking the pill will make too much of the drug release at one time. I took the pills as directed, although it was a little bit of a challenge to take the pills 1 hour before and 2 hours after eating. I experienced a metallic taste in my mouth. About 2 days into my medicine I developed a really bad yeast infection. I’m not talking about just a regular yeast infection. I’m taking about the yeast infection of all yeast infections–red, raw, swollen. I was directed to finish my medicine and then they put me on more medicine for the yeast infection.

A lot of people have reported getting a yeast infection from taking Flagyl. My doctor did not warn me about this, nor was there a label on the medicine stating this. With some antibiotics, such as penicillin, there is a warning stating it may cause a yeast infection. It took several doses of yeast infection medicine for me to get some relief. Flagyl was not a pleasant experience for me.

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Diflucan Review

Diflucan, also known as Fluconazole, is typically prescribed to treat infections caused by candida. This includes yeast infections, urinary tract infections, throat infections, and pneumonia. It is usually in pill for and prescribed as a one time dose and sometimes in multiple doses. The medicine should be taken with a full glass of water. Some of the side effects may include: nausea, headache, dizziness, unusual or unpleasant taste in your mouth, indigestion, or itching of the skin.

My gynecologist prescribed Diflucan on two different occasions. The first time, was to treat a full blown yeast infection that seemed to be reoccurring every month. She prescribed two doses. If I wasn’t feeling better with-in 3 days after the first dose, I was to take the second dose. I ended up taking both doses because I was not better after 3 days. The infection seemed to clear up after the second dose but was back again with-in a week. The second time my gyno gave me Diflucan, it was after my yeast infection had finally cleared up. Typically I would get them the week after my period, so I was instructed to take one Diflucan towards the end of my period to prevent one from occurring. This seemed to work. I did this for about 4 months. Once my 4 months was up, I felt one coming on the following month towards the end of my period and that’s when I made the changes to my diet. Doctors say often times Diflucan medicine is not strong enough to work for everyone. Obviously it didn’t work for me when I had a full blown yeast infection, but it did help prevent them when I felt one coming on. It didn’t prevent them permanently–only for the time I was taking the medication. Some of the side effects I experienced were itching of the skin, dizziness, and unusual taste in my mouth. I didn’t really feel like eating much with the strange taste in my mouth.

There are a number of sites online claiming you can buy Diflucan without a prescription. Personally, I would not trust any of these sites and would only take Diflucan if I had a prescription from my doctor. Continued use of yeast infection medicines can cause your body to become immune to them. Sometimes women think they have a yeast infection, when they really have a bacterial infection. It is always best to consult with your doctor first before using any type of prescription strength medicine, especially if it is a reoccurring problem. For my Diflucan prescription, I think I paid a couple of dollars for one pill and that was with insurance covering 70%, so it is fairly inexpensive.

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Nature Made Vitamin C 1000mg Review

Vitamin C has many great benefits. It’s primary role is to build collagen, which is the main protein matter of the human body that holds tissues together in skin, bone and teeth. Vitamin C is also an important part of the immune system. It can help your body fight illness and can sometimes even help prevent you from getting sick. I started taking vitamin C to strengthen my immune system. Since a stronger immune system can help fight infection, I figured it would help in preventing urinary tract infections and yeast infections. Usually I get sick several times during the year. For the past year, I have only been sick with a cold once. The one time I was sick, I recovered very quickly and my cold symptoms were not as severe as they have been in the past, prior to taking vitamin C supplements. I also didn’t have any UTI or yeast infections.

I chose Nature Made vitamin C because they were the only 1,000 milligram Vitamin C pills I found in the drugstore. I wanted to take a high dose of vitamin C without having to swallow two pills. I take it as directed, once a day with a meal. They are rather large pills and you must swallow them right away or you get a gross taste in your mouth. It beats having to add an extra pill to my routine. It is recommended that you take the pills with food. It helps with your body’s absorbtion of vitamin c. Natures Made Vitamin C 1000mg can be found in most drugstores as well as places like Target. It can also be found online as well. Typically it costs about $8, but sometimes you can find it cheaper.

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TheraCran Review

TheraCran is a cranberry supplement made by Theralogix. Cranberries help prevent bacteria from sticking to the walls of the bladder, which can prevent a Urinary Tract Infection from occurring. TheraCran is the strongest cranberry supplement on the market. My urologist recommended it to help keep the UTIs at bay, once I finally went off the antibiotics. I think the pill is much better than drinking cranberry juice. I never had much success drinking cranberry juice to prevent UTIs. I think that is probably because of the high sugar content of cranberry juice. It’s also much easier to take to 2 pills a day than to drink two glasses of cranberry juice every day. Plus, if you travel from time to time, it’s easier to pack a couple of pills as apposed to searching for the right kind of cranberry juice every where you go. The pills save you money as well.

I take one TheraCran pill twice a day as directed. I have been taking TheraCran for over year and have been UTI free during that period of time. From time to time, I miss a  pill or two. If I do this, and have not been super strict with my low sugar diet, my bladder starts to feel irritated. I drink lots of water and resume my normal pill schedule, and the feeling goes away. These pills do not treat a Urinary Tract Infection, only antibiotics can do that if you have a full blown UTI. They are a great prevention tool and have worked well for me. The pills are in capsule form and are pretty easy to swallow. They also don’t have to be taken with food because they don’t cause any stomach upset. I usually take mine with a glass of water. I’ve tried many different brands of cranberry pills and TheraCran is by far the best. The pills cost about $35 for a 60 day supply. Well worth the cost and again, cheaper than buying all that juice. You can buy them online directly from the TheraCran site or from the Theralogix site.

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