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   Posted 1/1/2008 4:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I am in the middle of a bad flare up and my gi doc just emailed me that he wants to have some stool tests done for parasites, etc..because of my history of c.difficile infection.  I dont' have cramping or pain however which is weird.  I am also battling a bronchitis and/or sinus infection.  I am very worried that I will need an antibiotic and I can't take any except for vancomycin without getting severe diarrhea.  Has anyone else had this situation?  If so, what antibiotic do they give you?  I haven't slept at all last night as I am coughing so hard.  I am so stressed over this!!! UGH!!

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   Posted 1/1/2008 8:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Perhaps your physician could give you an injection of an antibiotic instead of oral med.  That way the med would not have to be digested in your GI tract.
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   Posted 1/1/2008 11:50 AM (GMT -7)   
I am in the same boat as you. I always end up with 2-6 weeks of Vancomycin with when I get infections as well. I also take Humira and they had me hold the doses until I was done. No n. Hope you feel better soon.


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   Posted 1/1/2008 11:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Not sure if it would be an appropriate drug for what you have, but amoxicilin (sp?) has been effective for me and not caused diarrhea for me. I think arithromycin (sp?) has been the worst as far as the big D is concerned.

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   Posted 1/1/2008 2:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been battling sinus and ear infections since the end of November. I've done 3 partial rounds of antibiotics. I had to stop the Doxycycline, it killed my stomache. I won't take that again. Then we tried a Z pack, I finished that one, but still had the sinus infection. The nurse practitioner couldn't believe it when she looked and I still had an infection after all the antibiotics. So then they brought out the big guns and put me on Augmentin. That one put me in the ER for 2 days straight with a drug reaction, but because it was me, it wasn't recognizable as a drug reaction. Also an antibiotic I won't be doing again. I stopped that one a few days before Xmas. I thought I was over it all, but in the last few days my sinus and ears are getting bad again, so it may be back for round number 4.

So I guess my suggestion is that you may have to try several until you find on that finally works.

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   Posted 1/1/2008 8:49 PM (GMT -7)   
When I am coughing really bad, my pcp gives me an oral prescription. I can't remember the name, but they are called something pearls. You just swallow one every 4 or so hours, and they really work.
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