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Clostridium difficile

Audrey Westchester (75), USAAudrey Westchester suffers from the debilitating condition Clostridium difficile, which attacks the bowel causing severe diarrhea that can be potentially fatal in the elderly and infirm. Finding a solution for C. difficile has posed a challenge to physicians for decades because antibiotics tend to intensify diarrhea in sufferers. But Audrey has found a solution to her problem: an accompanying course of the probiotic Florastor (Saccharomyces boulardii from Biocodex), which restores the flora balance in the gut. For Audrey, this proved a lifesaver: she finished her antibiotics course and treated her C. difficile without the added complications of antibiotic-associated diarrhea.

Dr. Andrew Major, Austin, TexasDr Andrew Major has treated many patients suffering from Clostridium difficile, an infection that develops inside the intestine as a result of antibiotic treatment. Also known as C. diff, it is the most serious cause of antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD) and can lead to pseudomembranous colitis, a severe infection of the colon that can be fatal in the elderly and weak. Dr Major explains how the yeast probiotic Saccharomyces boulardii from Biocodex counters the harmful impact of Clostridium difficile.