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Dec 20, 2016 · Small intestine bacterial overgrowth in Digestive Health

@azdrew,
I forgot last night to mention that my dr also has me on one daily capful of Miralax to make sure everything moves efficiently and regularly through my large intestine and colon; additionally, the dr also suggested that I take the probiotic Florastor twice a day, so I do that, too.

Dec 19, 2016 · Small intestine bacterial overgrowth in Digestive Health

This past summer I completed a 14 day course of the antibiotic Xifaxan, 550 mg, 3 times a day, and I have been well since with no recurring SIBO. I have also eliminated as much sugar as possible from my diet, as well as eliminating all artificial sweeteners, and all carbonated drinks, too, as my doctor directed. All of those things feed the bad bacteria. I also make sure I get a minimum of 23 grams of fiber a day, so my intestinal system keeps moving. I try to walk at least 5 days out of 7 because exercise helps, too. You mentioned eliminating bread, and I don’t eat much bread either, but it wasn’t something I deliberately eliminated. I do know it is very important to be as compliant as you can when it comes to your diet in order to keep the SIBO in check. Hope this helps.

Aug 6, 2016 · Small intestine bacterial overgrowth in Digestive Health

I just posted earlier today about my SIBO experience. Perhaps you will see that post, but I am currently on a 14 day course of Xifaxan, 550 mg, 3 times a day. This antibiotic specifically targets the small intestine, but as I said in my post, it is quite expensive. You’ll need to have good prescription drug insurance. Once the infection clears, then you and your doctor have to address the cause of the SIBO or it will probably return. It is a difficult, uncomfortable, and frustrating infection to deal with. I have also found that keeping as much sugar as possible out of my diet has helped tremendously. Bad gut bacteria just feeds off of sugar, so I avoid it, and that helps. I hope you get better.

Aug 6, 2016 · Small intestine bacterial overgrowth in Digestive Health

I had the SIBO breath test done in my GI doc’s office, and I, too, have a confirmed diagnosis for SIBO. I am currently taking a 14 day course of the antibiotic Xifaxan, 550 mg, 3 times a day (it is very expensive–no generic). It specifically targets the small intestine where SIBO lies. I sure hope it works as I have been dealing with SIBO since January. My first GI doc did not do the test. He simply diagnosed it empirically based on my GI history and symptoms, and put me on antibiotics (mainly Cipro) which I had to stay on until June because every time I finished a 10 day course, my symptoms returned. Finally, I got better in June and he decided to put me on broad spectrum antibiotics for 5 days, then 25 days off; repeat with 5 days of a different antibiotic, then 25 days off, then a 3rd antibiotic, repeat the cycle for at least a year. My general practitioner and I decided this was only treating the symptoms & keeping them at bay, not addressing the problem, and my GP was also concerned, as was I, about the chance of Cdiff from long term use of so many antibiotics, so he referred me to a gastroenterologist he recommended. This is where I had the breath test done and was prescribed the Xifaxan.