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What are options for treating a C. diff bacterial infection?

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Doctors usually prescribe a 10- to 14-day course of oral antibiotics to treat C. diff, or Clostridium difficile, according to WebMD. Many physicians also recommend taking probiotics and drinking plenty of liquids to prevent dehydration.

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What are options for treating a C. diff bacterial infection?
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Doctors normally prescribe the antibiotic Flagyl first but may use other antibiotics if this treatment is not effective, according to WebMD. Approximately 25 percent of patients need a second round of antibiotics to relieve symptoms.

When C. diff patients take anti-diarrhea medications, their symptoms can worsen, so patients should not take over-the-counter medications without consulting a physician, according to WebMD. Monoclonal antibodies and fecal transplants are two of the newest C. diff treatments that physicians are researching as of 2015.

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