Antibiotic-associated Colitis-C Difficile Treatment
- What It Is
- Risk Factors
- Living With
- User Questions
- Alternative Treatment
- Care Guide
- Questions for Your Doctor
- When to Contact a Doctor
- Find a Doctor
- Resource Guide
How to Treat Antibiotic-associated Colitis-C Difficile
If you are diagnosed with this condition, follow your doctor's instructions.
Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Treatment options include the following:
The first step is to stop taking the antibiotic and replace lost fluids. Talk with your doctor first before stopping the antibiotic. The colitis usually goes away within two weeks of stopping the antibiotic.
You may be given antibiotics that kill
Try not to use antidiarrheal drugs (eg, loperamide and opiates).
In very rare cases you may need surgery. A surgeon may connect your small intestine to an opening in your abdomen. This will divert stool from your large intestine and rectum. This surgery is called an ileostomy. Or the surgeon could remove your large intestine. This is called a colectomy.