Neither of those drugs alone did anything for me. Cipro, on the other hand, was a nearly immediate miracle. When an antibiotic isn't helping with pouchitis after a few weeks something needs to be changed - either the dose or the medication. Multiple years of an antibiotic that isn't helping is just wildly inappropriate.

Another thing that sometimes helps in chronic pouchitis is significant doses of a good probiotic. I have had good results with VSL #3 DS (I'm at 4 packets/day).

I have had the same issues with cramping and urge to go and I get to the bathroom and very little comes out.  I had my final surgery 2.5 years ago.  I have had luck with Cipro but I hate the thought of having to take something for the rest of my life.  I never had as many issues when I had colitis. 

Terradon is right, stress brings it on big time.

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