Imodium and C. Diff

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BookWorm11
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   Posted 10/4/2011 10:11 PM (GMT -6)   
So I have C. Diff, and I'm *trying* to get to where I can go back to work soon. I am currently having about 8 bowel movements a day. I asked my GI doctor if I could take Imodium with C. Diff, and she said yes... but a family friend who is a physician's assistant says that you should NEVER take Imodium with C. Diff. He said it can cause a perforation. I looked it up online and found conflicting information. What do you think? Is it safe to take Imodium or any kind of similar medicine with C. Diff?
Diagnosed with UC 9/2011
Current medications: prednisone, Lialda, Vancocin, Omeprazole, mesalamine
Taking a break from Bentyl. Prevalite didn't work.
Other: Claritin, Acidophilus, Tri-Nessa, Centrum
Currently have C. Diff :(

Red_34
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   Posted 10/5/2011 7:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm not sure. But personally, I would take the word of a GI over a PA.
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BookWorm11
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   Posted 10/5/2011 7:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I normally would, too. It's just that when I mentioned having C. Diff, that was the VERY first thing he said with no prompting.
Diagnosed with UC 9/2011
Current medications: prednisone, Lialda, Vancocin, Omeprazole, mesalamine
Taking a break from Bentyl. Prevalite didn't work.
Other: Claritin, Acidophilus, Tri-Nessa, Centrum
Currently have C. Diff :(

fruitgirl
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   Posted 10/5/2011 8:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I personally don't think it would be.
Status: Remission since May 2009!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son
Diagnosed with pancolitis on 1/30/09
Meds: Apriso (4 0.375g pills ONCE!! daily), mesalamine enema twice weekly, Natural Factors Ultimate probiotic 12/12 Formula, multivitamin.  Used prednisone (starting dose 40 mg) to get into remission.
 
 

quincy
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   Posted 10/5/2011 12:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd add more fibre for sure (since I already take it) to help slow things down and hopefully help rid of the c.diff in addition to doubling probiotics.

You're already on antibiotics?

I agree that with any bacterial infection, it's better to get whatever out asap, but you do have to function as well. Maybe just take the imodium when you're going somewhere you need to go, but not all the time.

There are good points and bad points, but you do have UC as well, so to me that would be a conflict if you're flaring.

All you can do is find a balance where you're not taking a LOT.

Hope you get rid of it soon.
q
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NiRo
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   Posted 10/5/2011 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Imodium is a big no no with c diff.
Diagnosed with Pancolitis (Moderate in 4/5th of the colon, Mild in 1/5th) in July 2009
Lialda 4x a day (all 4 pills in the morning)
VSL #3 DS 1x a day
Vitamin D 5000 IU 1x a day
Rowasa 2x a week
Life long vegetarian...

subdued
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   Posted 10/5/2011 1:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Fecal transplantation has a high success rate with C-diff. Plus it will put good bacteria back into the colon, helping to prevent any further colon inflammations.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fecal_bacteriotherapy
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