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What can be used to treat antibiotic associated diarrhea?

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Rishi Kumar
Anesthesiology
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In brief: Flagyl/Vancomycin

Antibiotics (especially clindamycin) select for the overproliferation of clostridium difficile in the colon which can lead to profuse, watery diarrhea (and ultimately megacolon).
For severe cases, a course of Metronidazole (flagyl) or vancomycin is the mainstay therapy. Fidaxomicin (dificid) is a newer drug that is also being used to selectively target pathogenic c. Difficile.

In brief: Flagyl/Vancomycin

Antibiotics (especially clindamycin) select for the overproliferation of clostridium difficile in the colon which can lead to profuse, watery diarrhea (and ultimately megacolon).
For severe cases, a course of Metronidazole (flagyl) or vancomycin is the mainstay therapy. Fidaxomicin (dificid) is a newer drug that is also being used to selectively target pathogenic c. Difficile.
Rishi Kumar
Rishi Kumar
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Dr. Michael Ein
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: Probiotics

Antibiotic associated diarrhea is best treated with probiotic preparations like vsl#3 and florastor. It will usually resolve on stopping the antibiotic or changing to a more narrow spectrum drug that is well absorbed in the small bowel.
Antibiotic induced c. Difficile colitis needs oral vancomycin or Metronidazole treatment.

In brief: Probiotics

Antibiotic associated diarrhea is best treated with probiotic preparations like vsl#3 and florastor. It will usually resolve on stopping the antibiotic or changing to a more narrow spectrum drug that is well absorbed in the small bowel.
Antibiotic induced c. Difficile colitis needs oral vancomycin or Metronidazole treatment.
Dr. Michael Ein
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Dr. Kenneth Grossman
Dentistry - Endodontics

In brief: Several things

Imodium, (loperamide) pepto-bismol, and kaopectate are all good.

In brief: Several things

Imodium, (loperamide) pepto-bismol, and kaopectate are all good.
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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