Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) is a bacterium, and is one of the most common causes of infection of the colon. C. difficile spores are found frequently in hospitals, nursing homes, extended care facilities, and nurseries for newborn infants. They can be found:
- on bedpans,
- toilet seats,
- rooms, and
- diaper pails.
- replenishment of electrolyte deficiencies,
- discontinuing the antibiotic that caused the colitis, and
- using antibiotics to eradicate the C. difficile bacterium.
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Treatment & Diagnosis
Medications & Supplements
- metronidazole (Flagyl, Flagyl ER) Antibiotic
- Levaquin (levofloxacin) Antibiotic
- Cipro, Cipro XR (ciprofloxacin) Antibiotic
- amoxicillin (Amoxil, Moxatag, Larotid)
- cephalexin, Keflex
- clindamycin, oral (Cleocin)
- polyethylene glycol 3350 (Miralax, Glycolax)
- vancomycin, Vancocin
- Penicillin (Antibiotics)
- erythromycin, Ery-Tab, PCE
- cholestyramine, Questran, Questran Light
- cefprozil, Cefzil
- tetracycline (Sumycin [Discontinued])
- vancomycin-oral solution, Vancocin
- penicillin G benzathine (Bicillin L-A)
- penicillin V, (Veetids and Pen-Vee-K have been discontinued)
- penicillin v potassium - oral liquid, Pen-Vee K, Veetids
- penicillin g benzathine/penicillin g procaine - injection, Bicillin C-R
- levofloxacin (Levaquin) Side Effects and Adverse Effects
- metronidazole (Flagyl) Side Effects and Adverse Effects
- Cipro vs. Flagyl (Differences between Side Effects and Uses)
- penicillin V potassium (Beepen-VK, Penicillin VK, V-Cillin-K)
- erythromycin and benzoyl peroxide (gel or pak), Benzamycin
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- Better Control of Drug-Resistant Germs Could Save Thousands of Lives: CDC
- 'Good' Bacteria Might Fight Common Hospital Infection: Study
- Outbreaks of Gut 'Superbug' More Common in Northeast: Study
- Fecal Transplant Helps Fight Off Dangerous Gut Infection: Review
- Fecal Transplant Treats Serious, Recurrent Intestinal Infection
- Dangerous C. Difficile Germ Infects 500,000 Americans a Year: CDC
- Scientists Explore How Fecal Transplant Eases Tough Infection
- Hospital-Related Infections Hit Nearly 650,000 Patients in 2011: CDC
- Antibiotics May Be Linked to Serious Infections in Children
- U.S. Hospitals Overuse, Misuse Antibiotics, CDC Says
- Poo in a Pill to Treat Gut Infection?
- Bacterial Infection's Spread Occurs Beyond Health Care Settings: Study
- Transfusions With Heart Surgery Might Raise Infection Risk
- Some Antidepressants May Raise Risk for Gastro Infection
- Antihistamine Meds May Raise Risk for Diarrheal Illness
- Efforts to Prevent Hospital-Based Infection Falling Short, Survey Finds
- Fecal 'Transplant' to Cure Gut Infection?
- Unneeded Antibiotics May Lead to Diarrheal Illness, Study Finds
- Dog Sniffs Out Deadly C. Diff Infection
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- Anti-Reflux Drugs, Antibiotics May Raise C. diff Risk
- Fecal Transplant May Treat Stubborn C. diff
- C. diff Infections in Hospitals Are Leveling Off
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- Some Acid Reflux Drugs Linked to C. diff
- C. diff on the Rise Outside the Hospital
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