C diff treatment

What Are C. Diff Treatment Options

One of the main causes of C. difficile infection is use of antibiotics that leads to overgrowth of C. diff and naturally the first and logical step is to stop taking the medication.  Depending on how severe the problem is, C. diff treatment consists of:

  • Taking antibiotics.  As Ironic as it seems, the typical C. difficile treatment is taking different type of antibiotic to prevent the growth of the C. diff and treat the symptoms such as diarrhea.

If you have mild to moderate case of C diff infection, your physician may recommend taking metronidazole (Flagyl) which is taken orally.  There is a non-FDA approved drug called Metronidazole that has shown good results for mild to moderate cases. 

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What is Clostridium Difficile (C. difficile, or C. diff)?

Your digestive tract is home to more than 1,000 species of micro organisms. While most of these micro organisms are harmless or even helpful, sometimes something comes along to upset this perfect balance in your digestive tract. When this happens otherwise healthy bacteria may grow out of control and you may become ill. One of the more severe of these bacteria is Clostridium Difficile (C. difficile, or C. diff). When these bacteria grow rampant they can release a toxin which attacks the lining of the intestinal tract and causes Clostridium difficile colitis.

Although C diff is rare when compared to other bacteria, it is also one of the most important reasons for infectious diarrhea in the United States alone. Read more »

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