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Are there any antibiotics that can be used to treat clostridium difficile infection?

Are there any antibiotics that can be used to treat clostridium difficile infection?

Flagyl or Vancomycin: C. Difficile colitis almost always occurs when another oral antibiotic, used to treat a different infection, wipes out normal gut bacteria. Patients who develop c.Diff colitis should stop taking that initial oral antibiotic. Treatment is usually with Metronidazole (flagyl) or vancomycin (vancocin). For severe cases, doctors may prefer vanco. Newer drugs are available if this treatment fails. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Clostridium Difficile (Definition)

C. Diff, it is a spore forming bacillus that when the micro environment of the colon is modified by antimicrobials, it can germinate and elaborate a toxin causing pseudo membranous colitis, ...Read more


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How can taking antibiotics cause clostridium difficile infection?

How can taking antibiotics cause clostridium difficile infection?

Colon imbalance: Every person has an ideal balance of different helpful bacteria (flora) in their colon. Disrupting that balance can lead to diarrhea, cramping & gas. Almost all antibiotics have the ability to disrupt the gut flora. Friendly bacteria are sacrificed during antibiotic use allowing unfriendly bacteria like clostridium difficile to grow. Some c. Difficile produce a toxin which can destroy the colon. ...Read more

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Are there risks taking unprescribed antibiotics to treat bacteria infection?

Are there risks taking unprescribed antibiotics to treat bacteria infection?

YES!: All drugs (even common antibiotics) can cause idiosyncratic drug reactions that might make a person ill, so keep that in mind. It is also possible that a specific non-prescribed antibiotic may not cover the specific type of infection, so it is good to have a healthcare provider decide what drug would be best to treat any specific infection. ...Read more

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Are there particular antibiotics used to treat salmonellosis?

Are there particular antibiotics used to treat salmonellosis?

Yes, but seldom...: Salmonella gastroenteritis, in general, is a self-limiting condition and does not require antimicrobial therapy. Exceptions are young infants under 6 months, salmonella osteomyelitis, and food handlers. Typhoid fever, a rare condition in us, certainly requires an appropriate antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

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Could antibiotics treat diarrhea?

Could antibiotics treat diarrhea?

NotNormally/rarely: Most Diarrheas are not treated with Antibiotics but there are few exceptions Rarely for certain Bacterial Infections Antibiotics are used like CDifficle,Salmonella and certain others ...Read more

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Please answer!Are there any common bacteria BESIDES std related ones that doxycyline will treat that levaquin (levofloxacin) doesn't treat effectively? Prostattitis

Please answer!Are there any common bacteria BESIDES std related ones that doxycyline will treat that levaquin (levofloxacin) doesn't treat effectively? Prostattitis

Yes, but...: There are several bacteria that might respond to doxycycline if levofloxacin doesn't work, but unlikely in this case. If you had an STD, almost certainly levo would have worked -- for example, chlamydia and most cases of nongonococcal urethritis (NGU). True prostatitis is uncommon at your age, and when present usually is nonbacterial and most antibiotics are ineffective. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can lactocillibus pills cure any bacterial infection?

Can lactocillibus pills cure any bacterial infection?

Probably not: However, use of lactobacillus may help prevent future bacterial overgrowth. If a bacterial infection is present, usually antibiotic treatment is required to eradicate. ...Read more

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Which antibiotics r best to kill salmonella typhi...Had levofloxacin..Ciprofloxacin...Rocephanin IV but no improvement..Need help?

Which antibiotics r best to kill salmonella typhi...Had levofloxacin..Ciprofloxacin...Rocephanin IV but no improvement..Need help?

Sensitivities?: The lab should be able to test to see which antimicrobials used for typhoid may be active since resistance can occur but it can take as long as 10-14 days on adequate therapy for the fever to remit. Or, are we sure of the diagnosis? ...Read more

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Is BV susceptible to any other oral antibiotics besides Flagyl & clindamycin? Also how many days should meds be given for?

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Is BV susceptible to any other oral antibiotics besides Flagyl & clindamycin? Also how many days should meds be given for?

None: The only two antibiotics recommended are Flagyl and clindamycin, given for 7 days. There are some studies that suggest probiotics (either oral or intravaginal doses) can be helpful to suppress relapses, though! ...Read more

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Why are clostridium difficile infections hard to treat?

Why are clostridium difficile infections hard to treat?

It produces spores: Partly it is the persons immune system and general health that makes it recur more often. The main problem is it comes back after treatment. Clostridium produces endospores. Endospore is is a tough structure in which the bacteria is dormant and not reproducing. Antibiotics don't affect the spores so after the symptoms are gone, the spores activate and then cause reinfection. ...Read more

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Do antibiotics treat the flu?

Do antibiotics treat the flu?

No: Influenza (flu) is a virus. However, if the person developed a secondary bacterial infection than antibiotics might be indicated. ...Read more

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Are there any alternatives to norfloxacin antibiotics for gastroenteritis?

Are there any alternatives to norfloxacin antibiotics for gastroenteritis?

Yes: Most GI bugs do not need antibiotics and are actually worsened by antibiotics. Antibiotics are only indicated in very few cases. ...Read more

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What antibiotics are taken for staph infection?

What antibiotics are taken for  staph infection?

A number of...: Antimicrobials can be used for staph based on whether the patient is penicillin allergic and is the organism is MRSA or not. ...Read more

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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more