Can Antibiotics Treat Diverticulitis?

Q:
Can antibiotics treat diverticulitis?

A:
A sudden attack can be frightening, and if you’ve never felt pain like this in your abdominal area, you may imagine the worst. But if a CT scan or a barium enema X-ray diagnoses diverticulitis with no other problems, you should be able to complete your recovery at home.

Because diverticulitis is inflammation or infection of a diverticulum, it probably comes as no surprise that your doctor will prescribe drugs. Oral antibiotics are often the first line of therapy once you’re diagnosed, and your doctor may prescribe one of the following for 7 to 10 days:

  • Amoxil (amoxicillin)
  • Augmentin (clavulanate)
  • Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim)
  • Cipro (ciprofloxacin)
  • Flagyl (metronidazole)

But while antibiotics can stop or slow the growth of bacteria and help clear infections, they’re not always necessary for mild attacks. Schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss treatment options.

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