Patient Comments: Is C. diff Contagious? - Treatment

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How was your case of C. diff treated? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Jeannie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 30

I was given vancomycin for 10 days, one capsule every 6 hours, to treat Clostridium difficile infection. I followed the eating plan exactly. Took a good probiotic. Three weeks later, I was running a low grade fever, heart racing at night and elevated blood pressure (BP). I’m 73. I was put on another 10 days of vancomycin. I added the Saccharomyces boulardii probiotic twice a day to my previous routine. I cut out added sugar and caffeine. Stools haven’t been this normal looking in a few years, so I believe I’ve carried C. diff a while. Taking clindamycin caused this.

Comment from: Welschcoalminer, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: July 25

I took vancomycin capsules, 4 a day for 10 days to treat my C. difficile. At first (4 to 5 days) every time I took a capsule, I had diarrhea. Then everything got better. My symptoms were diarrhea, loss of appetite, and fatigue. My non-medical friends told me to take probiotics, get ginger candy, and drink electrolytes. Unproven, but why not. After 7 days, I felt much better.

Comment from: Ruby, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 14

I was on about 7 rounds of antibiotics (Flagyl, vancomycin, Dificid) but it kept coming back. I just had a FMT (fecal microbiota transplant) 3 weeks ago. This is the longest I have gone without diarrhea or antibiotics in almost a year. Yay! It sounds gross but it worked!

Comment from: tupperlady, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 26

My C. difficile infection was treated with an antibiotic called Flagyl, bland diet to rest my colon, Zofran for nausea, and increased water to prevent dehydration. I used enema twice to move larger stool that was unable to pass through the inflamed colon.

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