What are the treatment options for Clostridium difficile (C diff) colitis?

Updated: Jul 25, 2019
  • Author: Faten N Aberra, MD, MSCE; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Treatment for CDI varies according to its severity. Interventions include the following:

  • Asymptomatic carriers: No treatment is necessary

  • Mild, antibiotic-associated diarrhea without fever, abdominal pain, or leukocytosis: Cessation of antibiotic(s) may be the only treatment necessary

  • Mild to moderate diarrhea or colitis: Metronidazole (oral or intravenous) or vancomycin (oral) for 10 days

  • Severe or complicated disease: Vancomycin is considered to produce faster symptom resolution and fewer treatment failures than metronidazole; in fulminant cases, combined therapy with intravenous metronidazole and oral (or per rectum) vancomycin may be considered [5]


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