Posted 2/21/2008 5:15 PM (GMT -6)
I got CD when I was prescribed clindomycin by a dentist. It destroyed what was left of my UC colon and I lost 3 molars in the left! I was prescribed flagyl and it took me months to get back on my feet. Lots and lots of water and probiotics like Flora-Q and Culturelle. I wish your husband the very best.
3x400mg Asacol, 3x daily
Rowasa enemas
Bee propolis
Flora-Q (probiotic)
Multi-Vitamins
Tylenol, 1000mg/headaches

Posted 2/21/2008 8:57 PM (GMT -6)
I had C.diff after a hospital stay. (I don't know whether it started in the hospital or before.) It was clearly caused by antibiotics and was cleared up after two courses of vancomycin. My flare which put me in the hospital was caused by clindamycin. I think people with UC should NEVER take clindamycin.

M
Diagnosed UC 1975. 
Azulfidine Entabs 500 mg. 4 twice a day
Azathioprine 100 mg per day
Colocort - as needed
Folic acid, vitamins C and D, multivitamin, metamucil, fish oil, turmeric 
 
Hospitalized 1997 - intravenous cyclosporine.

Posted 2/22/2008 8:15 AM (GMT -6)
Clindamycin and Augmentin are prime culprits in C-diff. I just happened to get it from Cipro. My nephew got it from Clindamycin, and my aunt, from Augmentin.

Mitz
Sporadic proctitis since about 1985. Mother had J-pouch surgery 1983.
DX'd with clostridium difficile in 2000. Pred, two courses of Flagyl, then Vancomycin finally got rid of it. 2001 colonoscopy dx'd left-sided UC. . Treated with prednisone, Rowasa, Asacol. Asacol not working, switched to Imuran. Three small flares since in 2002, 2005, and 2007, brought under control with steroid and Rowasa enemas. Lap Chole performed October 26, 2007, after gall bladder attack in June, '07.
Daily meds: 100 mg Azathioprine and 225 mg Effexor XR (for chronic, longstanding depression), many vitamins and Primadophilus Reuteri

Posted 2/22/2008 5:29 PM (GMT -6)
OK, this is new to me - if it's so contagious, does that mean that we could get it when we go to the hospital for a colonoscopy???
Posted 2/22/2008 5:45 PM (GMT -6)
Otherwise healthy individuals most often get this bug from taking antibiotics, which kill all the good germs in your gut, allowing the bad germs to proliferate and attack the lining of your colon.

Don't lay awake at night worrying about contracting this illness, be very careful about antibiotics, and it is unlikely you will ever have to deal with this illness.

That said, I do believe folks like us with colon issues are more susceptible than the average bear to getting c-diff.

Mitz
Sporadic proctitis since about 1985. Mother had J-pouch surgery 1983.
DX'd with clostridium difficile in 2000. Pred, two courses of Flagyl, then Vancomycin finally got rid of it. 2001 colonoscopy dx'd left-sided UC. . Treated with prednisone, Rowasa, Asacol. Asacol not working, switched to Imuran. Three small flares since in 2002, 2005, and 2007, brought under control with steroid and Rowasa enemas. Lap Chole performed October 26, 2007, after gall bladder attack in June, '07.
Daily meds: 100 mg Azathioprine and 225 mg Effexor XR (for chronic, longstanding depression), many vitamins and Primadophilus Reuteri

Posted 2/22/2008 9:30 PM (GMT -6)
Thanks - I was mainly concerned because right before I had my colonoscopy I was given two antibiotics for suspected proctitis, Flagyl and some other one that started with an L?
Posted 2/23/2008 8:04 AM (GMT -6)
Actually, Flagyl is usually the first choice medication for folks diagnosed with C-diff.

If you had c-diff, and you didn't treat it, you would be in a major, major unrelenting flare.

You could always ask for a c-diff test, but it's doubtful you have c-diff.

Be sure to find yourself a very good probiotic and take it daily -- and perhaps increase your dose to a couple of times a day whenever you find yourself in the position of having to take an antibiotic.

Mitz
Sporadic proctitis since about 1985. Mother had J-pouch surgery 1983.
DX'd with clostridium difficile in 2000. Pred, two courses of Flagyl, then Vancomycin finally got rid of it. 2001 colonoscopy dx'd left-sided UC. . Treated with prednisone, Rowasa, Asacol. Asacol not working, switched to Imuran. Three small flares since in 2002, 2005, and 2007, brought under control with steroid and Rowasa enemas. Lap Chole performed October 26, 2007, after gall bladder attack in June, '07.
Daily meds: 100 mg Azathioprine and 225 mg Effexor XR (for chronic, longstanding depression), many vitamins and Primadophilus Reuteri

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