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xifaxan (rifaximin) for sibo. can this med cause c diff. i read it can. then i read can be used to treat c diff?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Maybe temporary fix: If you have ibs due to sibo (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth)--antibiotics like xifaxan (rifaximin) may help. Sibo may also occur from anatomic variations in the small bowel, altered small bowel motility, or a variety of systemic conditions that prevent permanent cure (e.g. The bacteria just grow back). Xifaxan (rifaximin) is also curative for c.Difficile in appropriate dose ; settings.

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