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What is the success rate for Xifaxan (rifaximin) for a permanent cure of SIBO after one use? I'm reading so many different numbers.
Maybe temporary fix: If U have ibs due to sibo (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth)--antibiotics like xifaxan (rifaximin) may help (is being studied 4 repeat use). 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 & setting. ...Read more
I am using rifaximin for IBS. I will use it for 2 weeks....550mg TID. Should i undergo sigmoidoscopy for confirmation of iBS?
No: IRRITABLE bowel syndrome - should not be treated with rifaximine. And you can't see it on sigmoidoscopy. It is a diagnosis of exclusion ( means nothing else was found). If you mean INFLAMMATORY bowel disease then colonoscopy may help to provide diagnosis. Then anti inflammatory drugs are needed, keeping rifaximine type rugs for acute episodes only. ...Read more
I was prescribed xifaxan (rifaximin) 550 mg tablet but can not afford it, is there an alternative and if so where can I find it?
Xifaxan (rifaximin) : Unfortunately there are ok alternatives to xifaxan (rifaximin). It is unique in a way that it is not absorbed and works only in the bowel to kill pathogens and in your case to prevent hepatic encephalopathy. You should talk to your doctor about it and continue lactulose for now. ...Read more
I'm supposed to take Xifaxan (rifaximin) 3x a day. What time should I take each dose to space it out? Should I wake up in the middle of the night to take a dose?
Consult pharmacist: Your pharmacist will know all the available forms of medications in your country. This pharmacist can work with your physician to select the correct medication which is appropriate and digestible for you. ...Read more
I just finished a round of rifaximin for SIBO & I am feeling much better. What can I do to prevent SIBO from returning?
Try Diet Changes: Although finding substantial research on the subject does illicit much information, many sources say that you have to change your diet for long term success with SIBO. Tis includes eliminating what the bacteria feed on- most carbohydrates. It is said they do not like insoluble fiber, but everything else they love. Check out this website for some ideas: http://www.siboinfo.com/diet.html ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm taking Xifaxan (rifaximin) for SIBO. 550mg 3x a day for 14 days. I'm having a really hard time on the pills. Would it be ok to take 2 pills a day instead of 3?
Okay as twice a day.: A few questions: What makes taking the Xifacan three times a day difficult for you? How long have you been on the drug? Has a culture been done on your fences? What are the symptoms you're having? Have been on any other antibiotics for your SIBO? You can take Xifacan twice a day and assess the differences in symptoms. Diet is also very important. Ask WebMd re: diet ...Read more
I took Xifaxan (rifaximin) for SIBO. It's been a week and a half since I finished and my lower GI hurts more. I can't work. Could I have done permanent damage?
Probably not: Xifaxin can help with certain forms of IBS; your trial of treatment has not worked; this does not mean that you have experienced any permanent damage as a result; consult with your GI doc once more; perhaps try a higher dose of amitriptylline, or some other approach; ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Xifaxan (rifaximin) NOT for IBS: Ibs is a functional gastrointestinal disorder characterized by pain/cramping, altered bowel habits in the absence of specific/unique organic pathology/disease. Other symptoms common to ibs include bloating, gassiness, frequent/urge to have bm, early satiety, dyspepsia etc... Often = nuisances, but can be debilitating at times.. Antibiotics don't treat ibs. If u r concerned, consult doc.. Good luck. ...Read more
Xifaxan (rifaximin) for sibo. Can this med cause c diff. I read it can. Then i read can be used to treat c diff?
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. ...Read more
I have been prescribed rifaximin. According to the literature that I have read,I can take probiotics. When should I take the probiotics and how much?
Probiotics are good!: You should take probiotics at least 2 hours before or after your antibiotic. Selecting probiotics is the more confusing part because of how many are out there! Chose one that has a wider variety of bacterial strains look for one that has at least 7-20 strains. Follow directions on the packaging as some may be once or twice daily. If antibiotics are short term, continue for at least 7 days after. ...Read more
Am taking xifaxan (rifaximin) 550mg for sibo, is it normal to be cold all the time and always feel thirsty?
Should I be taking probiotics while taking Rifaximin for my SIBO or wait till treatment of Rifaximin is done?
Probiotics: you can take probiotics with your medication ...Read more
Been treated for sibo with xifaxan (rifaximin). Still get gas everytime i eat no matter what i eat. What else could it be?
Feeling gassy...: Feeling full of "gas" may reflect malabsorption of food (like gluten, lactose), intake of poorly digested food, or choosing foods known to promote gas (beans, fizzy drinks). Sometimes its more complicated--a stomach emptying too slowly, bacterial overgrowth syndrome, delayed intestinal function, partial obstruction from any cause, infection, rectum problems, and pelvic pathology outside the gut. ...Read more