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Old 01-16-2007, 12:35 PM   #1
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C Diff

I have an 83 year old mother who picked up the C diff infection in Sept. of 2006 while in the hospital on antibiotics. She cannot seem to get rid of this and is back in now with the c diff and is septic from kidney and bladder infections. Does anyone have any idea or any suggestions on the C Diff? She has been given rounds of antibiotics for this and it just keeps comng back. She cannot take much more without it killing her.. Any input would be greatly appreciated...

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Old 01-16-2007, 02:05 PM   #2
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Re: C Diff


I am sorry that your grandmother is so sick. I had active c-diff for 4 months almost 2 years ago, and I have been left with chronic loose bowel movements. It is a horrible disease.

Do you know what antibiotics she has been given? Oral Vancomycin is the antibiotic usually given after Flagyl has failed (IV Vanco is not effective against c-diff). It is often more effective if given using the pulse and taper method.

Rifaximin is another medication that can be used for those who fail on Flagyl and Vancomycin.

Is there an Infectious Disease specialist working with your grandmother? If not, is there a way to contact one, even at another health centre to ask questions and get advice?

Probiotics such as acidophilus, S. Boulardii and yogourt with live cultures increase the good bacteria in the gut to help fight off the c-diff. Probiotics must usually be taken a certain amount of time before or after antibiotics otherwise the antibiotics will kill the good bacteria in the probiotics.

I have heard that IV steroids can also be used for those very ill who donít respond to Flagyl and Vancomycin.

Please ask a specialist whether any of these options would be appropriate in your grandmotherís case. I hope she gets well very soon.


Old 01-18-2007, 01:42 PM   #3
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Re: C Diff

thanks for the help. I will talk to her doctor about this information....

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