I have a j-pouch (since 2008) and I've started to catch more colds and viruses now that I have toddlers. When I get one that impacts my gut, I've noticed that I am not able to naturally "recover" from the diarrhea without medical help (e.g. cipro)
Currently I caught something from the kids that gave me diarrhea for four days. Getting dehydrated, I took a 500mg Cipro pill (per GI recommendation) and my symptoms stopped within a few hours of taking the first pill.
I would like to avoid over-taking cipro. Does anyone else here take short-term cipro, for just a day or two, to treat something viral that is not pouchitis? I've noticed that people with "normal" GI systems may receive three cipro pills to treat "travelers diarrhea", rather than a 10 or 14-day course that can be prescribed for pouchitis. Would three pills make sense for a j-poucher who has viral-caused diarrhea (no pouchitis)?
I'd run this by a doctor too, but I'm curious what folks thoughts are. I don't want to take a full pouchitis dose for something that isn't pouchitis. Thanks