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A 49-year-old member asked:

How to determine the difference between antibiotic side effects and colitis?

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Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 46 years experience
Pseudomembranous: Colitis caused by c. Difficile is usually more severe than diarrhea caused by antibiotic side effect and does not go away when you stop the medication. To be sure, you need to have your stool tested for c. Difficile, if your diarrhea persists or abdominal pain, fever, or bloody diarrhea occurs.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

How do you know the difference between antibiotic side effects and regular colitis?

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Dr. Ihor Zakaluzny
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You might not: If you have chronic colitis, you will be at increased risk for antibiotic associated diarrhea. You will need to seek medical assessment if your bowel function changes after you take antibiotics.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How can one tell the difference between antibiotic side effects and colitis?

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Dr. Emily Lu
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Family Medicine 8 years experience
Not always different: Colitis can be a bad side effect of taking antibiotics. Talk to your doctor if you have excessive diarrhea that does not get better or if the stools become bloody stool. Drink lots of fluids to keep from getting dehydrated. Call your physician if this condition worsens and you become weak and dehydrated.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How often can antibiotics have side effects?

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Dr. Kevin Fleishman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Allergy and others: Antibiotics kill bacteria. In doing so they may kill the normal flora of your body or your vagina allowing yeast to sometimes grow. Other side effects include interaction with other medications or allergy responses.
Last updated May 2, 2013
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