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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?

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?

Xifaxin: This drug is hardly absorbed into the system at all. I do not think you need to wake up in the middle of the night to take. It can be take with or without food. I think a good schedule would be breakfast, lunch and dinner. ...Read more

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Can xifaxan (rifaximin) cause neck fatigue pain? Been taking it 3 times a day for the last 10 days with 10 more to go. Pain in upper neck and lower cranial area

Can xifaxan (rifaximin) cause neck fatigue pain?  Been taking it 3 times a day for the last 10 days with 10 more to go.  Pain in upper neck and lower cranial area

Yes: Your symptoms are listed on the drug information guide for xifaxan (rifaximin) as possible but not very common (drugs.Com lists fatigue was most at 12%, headache at 10%, backpain at 6%). Anytime symptoms change however you should notify the prescribing provider for guidance and any new recommendations. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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 more

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Third day on Xifaxan (rifaximin). I just pooped and saw more poop in the toilet than I ever have in my life. Gas pains, otherwise ok. Should I be concerned?

Third day on Xifaxan (rifaximin). I just pooped and saw more poop in the toilet than I ever have in my life. Gas pains, otherwise  ok. Should I be concerned?

Rifaximin: Side effects include bloating, gas, stomach pain, feeling like you need to empty your bowel urgently, feeling like your bowel is not completely empty, nausea, vomiting, constipation, headache, dizziness and feeling fatigued. These are usually mild, less common and tolerable, but if they persist and are bothering you contact your prescribing doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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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.

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

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Can i take yogurt when taking xifaxan (rifaximin)?

Yes you can: There is no adverse effects if you eat yogurt while on xifaxan (rifaximin). ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

Xifaxin: This drug is hardly absorbed into the system at all. I do not think you need to wake up in the middle of the night to take. It can be take with or without food. I think a good schedule would be breakfast, lunch and dinner. ...Read more

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I'm taking xifaxan (rifaximin) can I have some wine?

I'm taking xifaxan (rifaximin)  can I have some wine?

Check with MD.: Alcohol can make dizziness (a side effect) worse. Discuss this with your doctor. We don't know about any other meds you are taking or your overall health. Talk to your doc to be sure before drinking alcohol. ...Read more

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Can Xifaxan 550 pills be cut into smaller pieces or crushed? They are too big to swallow.

Can Xifaxan 550 pills be cut into smaller pieces or crushed? They are too big to swallow.

Unfortunately not: unfortunately due to the coating and the mechanism of its release, splitting or crushing the pill is not advised. if you are unable to take it with apple sauce or water I suggest calling your doctor for an alternative ...Read more

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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

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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?

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

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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 more

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How often can you take xifaxan (rifaximin). Can you take every six months for ibs?

How often can you take xifaxan (rifaximin). Can you take every six months for ibs?

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

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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?

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

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Am taking xifaxan (rifaximin) 550mg for sibo, is it normal to be cold all the time and always feel thirsty?

Am taking xifaxan (rifaximin) 550mg for sibo, is it normal to be cold all the time and always feel thirsty?

Sorry, but no...: Xifaxan (rifaximin) is generally well tolerated, and not likely to cause the distress you describe. Please ask your physician to next address your new symptoms with some simple blood work to check electrolytes, glucose, thyroid, etc, (these should be a good start). ...Read more