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Just started ceftin a week and a half ago, only 1 500 twice a day and also just started biaxin with plaquenil also regular doses. So my question is has anyone noticed problems with ceftin? Is it a risk for c diff more than any other antibiotic?

Ive read on these boards that it possibly might be along with biaxin, anybody have any info? I think i just need to take more probiotics im only taking 1 or 2 theralac a day...2 boulardii a day. Just worried it seems to be harder on my gut than doxy or amoxy was, opinions welcome!

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Yes....Ceftin (IMO) is very hard on the gut.

I immediately got diarrhea from it....and then very mild oral thrush. I've had to stop taking it twice to clear up these issues which is very unfortunate because Ceftin was the abx that got me over the hump to being symptom free of Lyme.

It's a great ABX for Lyme !!

There are two kinds of Ceftin-- one is not coated (very hard on gut) and the other IS coated which makes it dissolve a bit slower and is thus more gentle.

I unfortunately was taking the uncoated kind.

Why my LLMD prescribed this kind, is baffling to me. But I didn't want to yell at him. Grrrr !!

Just make sure you are taking massive amounts of a good probiotic. Hopefully you can stave off candida etc. I wasn't so lucky.

Yes....it can make you at risk for C diff. Be careful !!!

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thanks kd, i am taking the chalky ones too and they are tough pills to swallow [Wink] I have no diarreha yet so im just going to take an abundance of probiotics, will probably only take ceftin for a month or two then get back on the doxy [Cool]
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Put the chalky ones in olive oil this will give you enough time to swallow before you taste them.

I second it is hard on the GI. I thought I have C-Diff too when I started. The only thing that fixed it was a good probiotic and losts of it. Replace the Flora

I presently take Rx strength VSL#3 DS about 1-2 packs a day

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I didn't think Ceftin was hard on the stomach. I think Doxycycline is much worse. Everyone is different though.


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I agree... doxy is way worse on the stomach than anything else. But none are easy.

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The worst abx for causing c.diff is clindamycin, not ceftin.

Fuel is right .. Take VSL#3 !!!

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Doing 500mgs bid for the past couple of months....
NO PROBLEMS!!

taking VSL3 DS probiotic
Ceftin is quite easy...compared to doxy

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I was on Ceftin and Biaxin for quite a few months and my stomach was fine. I took a good probiotic with it.

I agree doxy is much harder to take than Ceftin

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thanks for the replies, so to get VSL 3 i would need a prescription from my llmd or primary care right?
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Just started ceftin and have been having only diarrhea for BMs. I didn't have these issues on doxy...

Is there a point where I should worry? It's been only diarrhea for over a week now and I take florastor and high dose probiotics...

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Ceftin, to date, is my favorite Lyme treatment
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I have no problems with Cefin alone but when I took it with Biaxin my gut went really bad. I was on lots of probiotics too. I ended up going off it and starting Bicillin injections. (which by the way, worked great)
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Ceftin was very easy for me to tolerate. I was taking it for the last ten months now and worked up to double the dose I started it. However I recently stopped it due to a nagging pain in my side that I have now figured out is my gallbladder. Ceftin is rocephins cousin and both have been found to cause a sludge buildup and damage to the gallbladder. Ive been taking apple cider vinegar and low fat diet and my gallbladder is returning to normal slowly. So definitely look out for that!
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Whenever I switched to Ceftin, I would get a male yeast infection....it seems to require a lot more probiotics than other drugs I've used.

I never felt nausea or anything...just yeast.

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Whenever I switched to Ceftin, I would get a male yeast infection....it seems to require a lot more probiotics than other drugs I've used.

I never felt nausea or anything...just yeast.

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Ceftin gave me yeast infections worse than any other drug. Just fyi.
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