Post Edited (KathleenW) : 5/29/2010 8:37:36 PM (GMT-6)
Kathleen, I know that my co-moderator's husband was on both Lactulose and Xifaxan and it seemed to help. Undoubtedly, your mom's liver condition is deteriorating, but do ask the doctor about adding Xifaxan as it seems to help. I wouldn't expect her to become 100% clear, though. Some people get to that stage and are suddenly gone, while others will linger on for months being totally "out of it." It's a very individual thing. How is her diet and appetite? Cut beef out completely, if it has not already been done.
Kathleen you can also check out the "indigent drug program" if the drug is too costly:
Kathleen, I'm glad they decided it's not dementia. I would go ahead and have her seen at Mayo.
Good luck and hugs,
Kathleen, don't forget to ask about the Xifaxan.
Kathleen, Yes both Xifaxin and lactulose can be given together. My Doug was on both for over a year. I do know to give the lactulose a few hours after other meds to allow time for the body to break down meds. With lactulose there shouldnt be any constipation, even a small amount. It is also use for people taking alot of meds that cause constipation, a 1/4 teaspoon for theraputic stool softener.