What are the potential adverse effects of antibiotics in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)?

Updated: Oct 17, 2017
  • Author: William A Rowe, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Antibiotics have potential adverse effects, including nausea, anorexia, diarrhea, and monilial (candidal) infections. Peripheral neuropathy can be observed in association with metronidazole and, when present, requires discontinuation of therapy with that drug. Finally, antibiotics can also increase the risk of Clostridium difficile colitis.


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