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How to Treat Antibiotic Induced Diarrhoea?

Things to note:
  • The most important aspect of management is the discontinuation of antibiotics.
  • Rehydration may be required. This should be done with the Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS) unless the patient is vomiting or dehydrated.
    Surgery for bowel perforation.

Medical Treatment:
  • Loperamide is contraindicated as it may result in toxic megacolon.
If diarrhoea does not settle on antibiotic withdrawal or if pseudomembranous colitis is present:
  • Vancomycin, oral, 125 mg 6 hourly.
  • Metronidazole, oral, 800 mg 8 hourly for 10 days.