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So, I tested positive on a SIBO test from Genova Diagnostics. My doctor is prescribing me an antibiotic. Does anyone have experience treating and managing SIBO? What were your experiences? Did the antibiotic help?
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/ar...f SIBO was documented,of patients at 9 months.Recurrence of symptoms after the treatment course
What is the likelihood of SIBO recurrence after completing a course of rifaximin treatment? To help address this question, Lauritano and colleagues treated 80 consecutive patients with IBS and SIBO with rifaximin 400 mg three times daily for 10 days.
The presence of SIBO was followed up at 3, 6 and 9 months after the end of treatment. Recurrence of SIBO was documented in 12.6% of patients at 3 months, in 27.5% of patients at 6 months and in 43.7% of patients at 9 months. These results suggest that there is the need for further treatment courses in many patients [Lauritano et al. 2008].
Rifaxamin helped me a lot...but in line with the research, it was necessary to repeat a short course after some months.Treating sibo is often very difficult in healthy people. I think it's much more difficult for most of us with ME/CFS. Here are the stats for healthy people being treated with Rifaximin-
... I can't tolerate a very low carb diet or keto, which would help tremendously. Second, I can't tolerate higher doses of antibiotic herbs to kill off the bacterial overgrowth, without getting more flu-like flares consistently.
I’ve taken about three courses of rifaximin and was tested a few times in those years and while the SIBO improved, it always comes back and I don’t know if I will ever get rid of it. The main symptom change that I had was a clear head and no headaches after a course of rifaximin.Did you retest for sibo or go by symptoms to find out if you had completely gotten rid of it?
Rifaximin is supposedly almost entirely active in the gut and not systemically. I had no side effects, I just felt better and better. The people I have talked to who got side effects were prescribed what my doctor considered too high a dose. I am trying to remember and I think I took an eight day course of 550 mg per day, or using the generic, 600 mg per day as it comes in 200 mg tablets. I’d take it again it I could get my hands on it—insurance did not pay for the 550 mg brand name and there was no generic available in the States last time I took it, but this may have changed. My doc had to fax the prescription to Canada.Are there side effects with Rifaximin? I have heard it's different to most antibiotics, in what it does to the system. More targeted. Am I right?
Are there side effects with Rifaximin? I have heard it's different to most antibiotics, in what it does to the system. More targeted. Am I right?
Did you manage to get US insurance to pay for it? And do you know if the generic is now available in the States?
Yes, I fasted for 12 hrs, drank a lactulose solution, and then did 3 hrs of breathing periodically into tubes.
I am hoping I can make dietary changes to help me manage the SIBO without dropping weight again.