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Doctor insights on: Can Azithromycin Cause C Diff Infection

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Can vancomycin cause c diff infection?

Can vancomycin cause c diff infection?

Possible, unlikely: Vancomycin is seldom taken orally, and when it is it can at least partially treat c. Difficile infection, although it isn't active against spores. When taken IV it is primarily excreted by the kidneys and little is likely to get into the distal colon unchanged. If it did it will not alter flora significantly and predispose to cl. Difficile overgrowth or toxin production by the vegetative form. ...Read more

Azithromycin (Definition)

Azithromycin (zithromax, azithrocin, zmax, azin)[1] is an azalide, a subclass of macrolide antibiotics. Azithromycin is one of the world's best-selling antibiotics.[2][not in citation given (see discussion.)] it is derived from erythromycin, with a methyl-substituted nitrogen atom incorporated into the lactone ring, thus making ...Read more


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Is there any medication that will heal an ear infection and won't cause a c diff infection.

Is there any medication that will heal an ear infection and won't cause a c diff infection.

Not really: Almost any antibiotic can cause C-Diff colitis. It is unusual for someone you age to have a significant inner ear infection without an anatomic problem. Consider an evaluation by an ENT physician. ...Read more

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Can vancomycin cause a c diff infection?

Can vancomycin cause a c diff infection?

Usually not: Vancomycin orally treats c. Diff. Intravenous vancomyin might disrupt the bacterial flora and lead to overgrowth. ...Read more

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I have had endocarditis twice got a c diff infection in a hospital can that infection cause endocarditis again?

I have had endocarditis twice got a c diff infection in a hospital can that infection cause endocarditis again?

C Diff endocarditis: It would be very rare for this bug to cause infective endocarditis. A patient who has had multiple episodes of endocarditis should probably have a specific program for prevention of recurrence. Consult a cardiologist or infectious disease doctor. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a mild c diff infection caused by antibiotics to progress into a severe infection. How long until it's life threatening?

How long does it take for a mild c diff infection caused by antibiotics to progress into a severe infection. How long until it's life threatening?

Depends: Most do not turn into life threatening infections. However, it does happen. It depends on the age, condition, risk factors that the patient has. ...Read more

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I have irritable bowel syndrome. Will a clostridium difficile infection cause complications?

Maybe: Ibs patients not at any greater risk for complications from c. Diff.
C. Diff infection commonest after exposure to antibiotics (any, even for short periods, and up to 2-3 months after exposure), hospitalization, nursing homes, ibd, chemotherapy.
Can cause watery diarrheal illness, all the way to life threatening complications.
Any question, see your doc. Get stool testing. ...Read more

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What test proves chronic c. Diff infection?

None: There is no chronic c. Difficile infection. Untreated c. Difficile diarrhea can persist until effective treatment is given. The stool c. Difficile toxin test confirms the diagnosis.
30% of treated cases relapse and require repeat treatment. Future relapses become more likely and can require prolonged antibiotic treatment or fecal transplant therapy for cure. ...Read more

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My brother has c diff infection. What should I tell him?

C.difficile needs Rx: C. Difficile is pathogenic in older children & adults (whose colonic microflora are altered by antibiotics, chemotherapy, salmonella/shigella). C. Diff causes pseudomembranous & other colitis, complicates inflammatory bowel disease, causes fulminant transmural extension, perforation with peritonitis, toxic megacolon. Florastor is otc probiotic that may help suppress c. Diff, but if sick get treated. ...Read more

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How is clostridium (c diff) infection diagnosed?

How is clostridium (c diff) infection diagnosed?

Stool test: Usually c. Diff is determined by the presence of c. Diff toxin. If it present the patient has c. Diff infection. This is usually done through stool testing. ...Read more

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Docs, what's c diff infection and how do you get it?

Bacterial infection: Clostridium difficile (c. Diff) is a bacterium that infects the colon or large intestine. It can cause disease ranging from mild diarrhea to severe colitis with organ failure and death. It is associated with the use of antibiotics, which kill off healthy bacteria in your gut allowing space for c diff to grow. It is also associated with exposure to a hospital. Initial treatment is with antibiotics. ...Read more

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What are the best treatments for c diff infection?

Cure c dificile: The most common drug rx is flagyl. Back up rx includes vancomucin and a new drug dificid (fidaxomicin). ...Read more

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I have early morning heartburn a lot. Not taking PPI drugs due to C-Diff infection.what can I do. I Raised my bed. Eat small meals and nothing spicy.

I have early morning heartburn a lot. Not taking PPI drugs due to C-Diff infection.what can I do. I Raised my bed. Eat small meals and nothing spicy.

C Diff and PPI's: There is a moderate amount of evidence that C. difficile infection is more common in PPI users. You can try H2 blockers, such as Zantac, (ranitidine) but if your symptoms persist unabated, your physician will need to decide whether the symptoms you're having outweigh the increased risk of C. difficile infection. If your doctor agrees, try Zantac, (ranitidine) but you may need to have this discussion with him. Good luck. ...Read more

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Who gets c. Diff infection?

Hospital: The majority of c. Diff cases occur in the hospital with patients who are taking antibiotics to treat recent infections. Other risk factors include being over the age of 65, colon disease, being in a hospital or nursing home for an extended period, have a weak immune system, abdominal or gastrointestinal surgery, or previous history of c. Diff infections. ...Read more

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What is a c diff infection like?

Infection: Colon infection from clostridium difficile can cause fever, nausea, abdominal cramping pains, sometimes serious abdominal pain, diarrhea & dehydration. Some people can become very ill from this. Treated with specific antibiotics for this type of infection. Rarely requires surgery if severe & life threatening. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a c-diff infection?

Watery diarrhea: Pseudo membranous enterocolitis caused by clostridium difficile causes variable amounts of watery, mousy smelling diarrhea. Sometimes, especially in the elderly, it can cause a very serious, life-threatening colitis. ...Read more

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What is a c. diff infection and how do you get it?

What is a c. diff infection and how do you get it?

C. Diff: C. Diff= clostridium dificile. This is a common organism that may inhabit the Gi tract. It causes disease when there is a shift in the flora and it produces a toxin that causes small ulcers and death of the surface cells. Traditionally, antibiotics that destroyed "good" flora as well as infection were blamed, but now many other things lead up to the change. ...Read more

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What are the main symptoms of clostridium (c diff) infection?

Diarrhea & lots more: C. Difficile is pathogenic in older children & adults (whose colonic microflora are altered by antibiotics, chemotherapy, salmonella/shigella). C. Diff causes diarrhea w/pseudomembranous & other colitis, complicates inflammatory bowel disease, causes fulminant transmural extension, perforation with peritonitis, toxic megacolon. Treatment, & confirmation of post-treatment eradication, is recommended. ...Read more

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Ok I've got clostridium (c diff) infection. What should I do?

Treat: This bacteria can be treated with flagyl, vancomycin or fidaxin.
More and more patients are getting this condition. There may be a link between c. Diff and medications like Prilosec and nexium (esomeprazole). ...Read more

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Can c diff infection happen on its own without antiobotic use?

Very unusual: Typically, antibiotic exposure is required for c diff to take hold in the colon. There are many reports of c diff occurring after just one dose of antibiotics! C diff occurring without any exposure to antibiotics may be theoretically possible in some situations, but is very rare and is unlikely to occur. ...Read more

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I've just been told I have clostridium (c diff) infection, should I be concerned?

I've just been told I have clostridium (c diff) infection, should I be concerned?

Depends: Most healthy patients with c. Diff get treated and do well. Unfortunately, older and more immunocompromised patients are susceptible to toxic megacolon from c. Diff. If you do have this condition you should see a doctor and get appropriate antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

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My mom tried to teach us ways to stay healthy, but I got c diff infection. Why is that?

C. difficile: Any antibiotic can potentially upset the balance of "good" bacteria & "bad" ones; clostridium difficile is one of the bad ones; it produces a toxin that causes severe diarrhea. Other antibiotics are required to get the c. Difficile back under control. Recently, it was reported that long-term use of proton pump inhibitors for gerd may facilitate c. Difficile. ...Read more

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Eat healthy. Exercise. Avoid smoking. Why did I get clostridium (c diff) infection?

Eat healthy. Exercise. Avoid smoking. Why did I get clostridium (c diff) infection?

Unrelated factors: C diff: bacteria that normally lives in many peoples colons. Can be dormant (spores). When "peaceful co-existence" is unbalanced, c diff can overgrow, make toxin, cause watery diarrhea that can become severe; could get worse, even life threatening. Factors include antibiotic (ab) use (even 2mos previously), recent nursing home/ hosp adm, ibd, preg, contact with. Wash hands, no ab unless needed. Rx. ...Read more

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Went to see mom on her birthday. She wasn't herself. Now on the phone she says she has c diff infection. Should I go back and see her doctor?

Sure, get info: If you don't have enough info about c. Diff in general, or your mom's case specifically, of course you should go back to her doctor (or at least a phone call) to find out what's what with her, what precautions you, she, and any other caregivers need to take to prevent this from becoming chronic or spreading to others. ...Read more

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Is it true that a serious c-diff infection can lead to stomach cancer?

Is it true that a serious c-diff infection can lead to stomach cancer?

No: Someone is probably confusing c-diff with helicobacter, which is infamous as a cause of stomach cancer. ...Read more

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How long does a c-diff infection last?

Long if not treated: C. Difficile can cause a prolonged severe colitis if it is not treated. If treated it usually starts to improve 3-4 days into the 10-14 day treatment course. Relapses occur in 25% of cases. These relapses require re-treatment and can continue to recur requiring prolonged pulse/taper vancomycin treatment and even fecal transplant therapy for cure. ...Read more

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Are there home remedies for clostridium (c diff) infection?

NO: Do not try to treat this at home with "home remedies". This is a bad illness which can result in profound damages if not appropriately treated and eradicated. ...Read more

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Wat is the best med for sibo. With the lowest rate of c diff infection.

SIBO, documented?: Treatment is often offered empirically when sibo (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) is suspected. However, symptoms recur when the antibiotics are gone. Is this due to underlying ibs, regrowth of bacteria (or resistant ones!), parasites, altered GI transit, or something else? Bifidobacter-containing probiotics may reduce gassiness, a xifaxan (rifaximin) trial may help, but evaluation is best pursued now. ...Read more

Dr. Warren Foster
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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