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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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How many people are cured of SIBO from first treatment of 550mg, 3x a day, 14 day dose of Xifaxan (rifaximin) and never have it come back?

How many people are cured of SIBO from first treatment of 550mg, 3x a day, 14 day dose of Xifaxan (rifaximin) and never have it come back?

Ask users: Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) has many treatments, and the long term studies don't seem to be very comprehensive or well constructed for validity. In the meantime, try posting on http://www.ibsgroup.org/forums/topic/119286-sibo-treatment-with-xifaxan/ ...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 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.

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?

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?

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

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Been treated for sibo with xifaxan (rifaximin). Still get gas everytime i eat no matter what i eat. What else could it be?

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