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Prognosis

Overall, the prognosis is excellent. Almost all adults with mild antibiotic-associated diarrhea recover completely without complications.

Among people with more severe C. difficile diarrhea, 15% to 35% have the problem return within eight weeks after their treatment with metronidazole ends. Almost all of these patients can be successfully treated with a second course of medication.

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