What is the efficacy for antimicrobial therapy for the treatment of bacterial colitis?

Updated: Oct 02, 2017
  • Author: David A Piccoli, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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Antimicrobial therapy shortens the course of the illness and the duration of excretion of the organisms in the stool by alleviating the signs and symptoms and limiting the transmission of the disease. Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMZ) is the initial drug of choice; fluoroquinolones and ceftriaxone are the alternatives.


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