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MayOK
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   Posted 7/13/2010 10:43 AM (GMT -7)   
So after 4 months of searching for Crohns, my GI has decided to proceed as if my periodic bouts of horrific cramping and D is IBS after all.  Whew. 
Today, he talked to me about trying a 2 week round of Xifaxan, which basically wipes the guts clean of any bacteria.  He said if my problems are coming from bacterial overgrowth then this may help.  Some people get some relief for a few weeks to a few months.  So I'm supposed to take this ASAP and then track everything until I see him again in October. 
Has anyone tried this?  Success?  Any experiences?  Thanks!!
 
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   Posted 7/13/2010 8:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I have taken Xifaxan for IBS-D several different times. It does work. You do feel some relief after you have taken the full course of xifaxan. However, you have to be careful with the dosage because Xifaxan feels great the first couple days and then you get very constipated and as a result comes a lot of gas. Its hard to put up with so I have quit a couple times and didnt finish the whole course of antibiotics but try and stick it out because although you might feel really constipated and gassy it will pay off in the end. It seemed to have helped me to feel better for a couple of months or so. Then I took it again when I started really having unbearable problems about 6 months later. It does work and it is a relief but the hardest part is getting throug the side effects. I also took the probiotic Align while I was on it because I regularly take that anyway. I believe it helps because Xifaxan tends to kill all your good bacteria too as well as the bad and when that happens u get diarrhea. I heard of people getting diarrhea too from xifaxan but i never had it and I believe its cause i took the probiotic with it.
I recently tried a diet called FODMAPS which u should look up on google. The diet is working for me better than anything I have ever tried. Give it a try for like 3 days and see if it makes a difference. I have been on the diet for 3 days and am already amazed at how much relief I have. Good luck to you!!

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   Posted 7/14/2010 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the tips. I will do my best to hold out until the end of the course. I take Align daily as well.

I will also check out that diet, when I get half a second. I have two young children and a picky husband - I have to be honest that I will have a really hard time following a diet if it's not something that easily translates into use as a whole family. I hate any and all things having to do with food so if I have to do more of that than I already do, it's not likely to happen. I know that sounds horrible, but picky eaters really can ruin your joy of cooking/preparing meals. :)

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   Posted 7/18/2010 10:07 AM (GMT -7)   
This is complicated, however some doctors are prescribing Xifaxan for a condition called SIBO, which is NORMAL bacteria that gets into the small intestines and can mimick some IBS symptoms.

There are some specific tests for it, I would get if you haven't.

When I get a little more time I will post some info here.
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   Posted 7/18/2010 10:19 AM (GMT -7)   
This is from another bb years ago.

"I am trying to understand somethings in relationship to SIBO. "

Okay altered motlity can cause bacteria to enter the small bowel where it should not be really, at least in high counts, because its a pretty sterile environment. For the moment I am just looking at the altered motility reason for SIBO.

What are small intestinal bacteria overgrowth symptoms?

The symptoms of SIBO include:

excess gas,
abdominal bloating and distension,
diarrhea, and
abdominal pain.

"A small number of patients with SIBO have chronic constipation rather than diarrhea. "

How does small intestinal bacterial overgrowth cause symptoms?

When bacteria digest food in the intestine, they produce gas. The gas can accumulate in the abdomen giving rise to abdominal bloating or distension. Distension can cause abdominal pain. The increased amounts of gas are passed as flatus (flatulence or farts). The bacteria also probably convert food into substances that are irritating or toxic to the cells of the inner lining of the small intestine and colon. These irritating substances produce diarrhea (by causing secretion of water into the intestine). There is some evidence that the production of one gas by the bacteria—methane—causes constipation.

http://www.medicinenet.com/small_intestina...rowth/page2.htm

Any Idea what those irritating substances are?

This means these are just in the wrong place and not specific or multiple pathogens?

A "classic" bacterial infection or a reaction to "all" the bacteria there themselves?


I wrote to Dr Drossman on this and here is the reply.

*Any Idea what those irritating substances are?*

sorry its in bold type that is how he worte it into the email so I would see it was his answers.

"IT IS AN OVERSTATEMENT TO SAY THEY ARE "IRRITATING" SUBSTANCES AT LEAST
IN THE SENSE OF BEING SOME TYPE OF TOXIN. THEY ARE NATURAL BYPRODUCTS OF
DEGRADATION OF FOOD SUBSTANCES BY BACTERIA WHICH DON'T NORMALLY OCCUR IN
THE SMALL BOWEL. SO WITH INCREASED BACTERIA IN THE SMALL BOWEL, THE
BACTERIA ARE ABLE TO DIGEST SUGARS FOR EXAMPLE PRODUCING H2 AND CO2 FROM
THE SUGARS WHICH ARE GASEOUS BUT WHICH ALSO HAVE OSMOTIC PROPERTIES,
I.E. INCREASED PARTICLES THAT CAUSE SECRETION OF FLUID INTO THE BOWEL
THUS CAUSING DIARRHEA. IT'S THE SAME PRINCIPLE AS USING NON ABSORBABLE
SUGARS LIKE LACTULOSE OR SORBITAL TO TREAT CONSIPATION BY INCREASING
FLUID IN THE BOWEL. IT'S JUST THAT WITHOUT BACTERIA IN THE SMALL BOWEL,
IT DOESN'T HAPPEN AND THE FOOD SUBSTANCES GET ABSORBED. WITH INCREASED
BACTERIA IT COMPETES FOR THE FOOD SUBSTANCES AND PRODUCES THE GAS AND
DIARRHEA."

*This means these are just in the wrong place and not specific or multiple pathogens?*

CORRECT. HOWEVER, THERE IS GROWING INTEREST NOT IN THE AMOUNT OF
BACTERIA BUT THE TYPE OF BACTERIA. CERTAIN BACTERIA CAN CAUSE SOME MILD
INFLAMMATION OF THE BOWEL AND OTHERS PROTECT THE BOWEL FROM THAT
POSSIBILITY. SO THERE IS "GOOD" AND "BAD" BACTERIA. POSSIBLY WHEN PEOPLE
ARE TREATING PRESUMED SIBO (WHICH MIGHT NOT ACTUALLY BE HAPPENNING,
BECAUSE THE TEST MAY BE INACCURATE) ANTIBIOTICS MAY HELP TO GET RID OF
THE BAD BACTERIA AND THAT MAY BE WHY THEY ARE GETTING BETTER. THIS IS
WHY SOME PEOPLE GET BETTER AFTER ANTIBIOTIC TREATMENT. BUT IT CAN ALSO
GO THE OTHER WAY, I.E., ANTIBIOTICS HAVE BEEN SHOWN TO MAKE IBS WORSE AS
WELL. THE OTHER IDEA IS TO USE PROBIOTICS WHICH CONTAIN "GOOD" BACTERIA
(E.G., LACTOBACILLUS OR BIFIDOBACTERIA) WHICH REPLACE THE BAD BACTERIA,
POSSIBLY REDUCE THE INFLAMMATION AND IMPROVE SYMPTOMS. SO THE ISSUE OF
BACTERIA IN THE BOWEL IS MUCH MORE COMPLICATED THAN SIMPLE SIBO, BUT SIBO CAN BE A PART OF THE WHOLE PICTURE (THOUGH NOT THE WHOLE PICTURE FOR IBS).

In newer research its looking like SIBO doesn't "cause" IBS but that some people have both conditions.
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MayOK
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   Posted 7/18/2010 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah he didn't offer me any tests for SIBO.  I'm not too worried about it.  I'll give the script a try to see if it helps at all.  If it helps, it helps, if not, then it doesn't.  I almost hope it doesn't b/c it's wicked expensive.  This year, I've met my deductible so it's covered, but that isn't the usual course of events.   
 
This week has been awful.  I don't remember ever feeling bad so many consecutive days.  I am also on hyomax, a sublingual anti-spasmodic. It helps periodically.  And then I take Immodium for the D. 
 
I guess what it boils down to is that not all docs are on the same page as far as causes/treatment of IBS.  And even though the "latest research" may say this or that, it seems like it takes awhile for things to filter down.  I am grateful he wants to try anything for IBS.  At my consultation with him, he told me he suspected IBS but had to rule other things out first and that there was no real "treatment" for it.  So this is more than I expected once he ruled out Crohns. 
 
IBS is kindof a weird diagnosis for me.  I have had these issues for years, and always thought, "oh, sounds like my bowels are irritable" and finally went to the doc after I passed out in a public restroom from the cramps.  But I really don't feel any closer to answers than I did before.  I haven't found any definitive food triggers, and I dont' feel like my life is stressful enough to say that stress flares it up.  Someone suggested making sure I was getting enough sleep.  I know I could do work in that department.  Although I go to bed reasonably early but can't fall asleep for an hour or so. 
 
It's funny too, b/c my doc seems almost afraid to say for sure I have IBS.  My IBD serology was "consistent with Crohn's disease."  He must worry I"m gonna sue him if that ever shows up.  He said, "we'll just proceed as if you have IBS." tongue

shawn12
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   Posted 7/19/2010 5:17 PM (GMT -7)   
In IBS gas puts pressure on the bowel and the bowel is pressure sensitive which is how it actually works. So the anitbiotic if you don't have sibo might help just by reliving gas pressure on the bowel, which in IBS is overly sensitive to all stimulis.
 
One thin about sibo and not ibs is absorbtion, in IBS absorbtion is normal.
 
You might ask for the test just to be sure that is what it really is and they use a hydrogen breath test. You don't want a lactulose breat test for it and they are not very accurate.
 
Even with sibo itself, without IBS the sibo can come back, because the sibo is not the actual probvlem but a consequence of another problem.
 
In IBS and sibo, they don't know yet how long to keep people on antibiotics and this is a real problem long term.
 
 
 
On the IBS research side they are still cautious of microscopic colitus a type of inflammatory bowel disease. But a good doctor can pretty much diagnose IBS with a 95 to 98% accuracy using the rome criteria for functional disorders, even though there is not a specific test for IBS yet.
 
There are some newer stool tests that might help and they use to seperate IBS from inflammatory bowel conditions.
 
Foods and stress don't cause IBS and the triggers can be different with foods.
 
On the stress side that is a different story, for one you might not feel under staress, but the symptoms themselves and the worry they can come on make a difference. There is an important aspect here called the fight or flight responce directly connected to gut function.
 
You should read these two excellent articles.
 
 
 
 
It doesn't have to be "stress' but just emotions themselves. Not to mention living with these conditions are stressfull and emotional.
 
But these have a direct and close impact on the gut, that a lot of people don't really know about or understand very well.
 
Sleep is very important to IBSers and they have found that quite a few IBSers have problems with rem sleep.
 
Do you have insomnia?
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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MayOK
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   Posted 7/20/2010 9:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Insomnia? I don't know if I have the textbook definition of insomnia, but whenever I miss out on sleep which I would think would be inconsequential, it screws me up, I know. And I have two small children - almost 3 and almost 5 and the almost 3 year old tends to wake up around 6 from time to time which kills me if I haven't gone to bed until close to 11 or 12. I've always been one of those who needed my sleep. I've been taking melatonin from time to time when I really want to make sure to get a good night's sleep. Sometimes it helps, sometimes it doesn't seem to. I'm a little wary of rx sleep aids for fear of dependency.

Thanks for the articles. I read the first one but haven't gotten a chance to read the second one. As far as stress goes, I guess I have my fair share of it esp. with two little ones, but I don't consider that out of the normal realm, ya know? Like no one close to me has died, no life-changing events lately, divorces, etc. No stuff like that. I'm not high-strung, either, and I'm around a lot of people who are and I feel sorry for them, although they don't have gut issues. That's what I meant when I said that I didn't think stress seemed to have an effect. But who knows, like you said maybe it's the emotions themselves, and as a woman I have my fair share of those, for sure.

shawn12
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   Posted 7/20/2010 11:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Mayok, watch the video I posted on IBS its not all in your head, its an excellent presentation on everything here we talked about.

One thing that can really help is Gut directed Hypnotherapy. I use to have insomina and I did a home coruse for IBS and it helped everything, all the symptoms of my severe IBS and took out my insomnia as well. It help bloating, pain, incomplete evacuation, anxiety, relaxed the gut muscle and brain gut axis and more.

There is a lot of research showing the effectiveness of HT on IBS.

Why Consider Hypnosis Treatment for IBS?
by Olafur S. Palsson, Psy.D.


Hypnosis is only one of several approaches to treating irritable bowel syndrome and may not be the most suitable option for all patients (click here for discussion of treatment options for IBS). However, hypnosis treatment has some advantages which makes it an attractive option for many IBS sufferers with chronic and severe symptoms:

- It is one of the most successful treatment approaches for chronic IBS. The response rate to treatment is 80% and better in most published studies to date.

- The treatment often helps individuals who have failed to get improvements with other methods (see for example: Whorwell et al., 1984, 1987; Palsson et al., 1997, 2000).

- It is a uniquely comfortable form of treatment; relaxing, easy and generally enjoyable.

- It utilizes the healing power of the person's own mind, and is generally completely without negative side effects.

- The treatment sometimes results in improvement in other symptoms or problems such as migraine or tension headaches, along with the improvement in IBS symptoms.

- The beneficial effects of the treatment last long after the end of the course of treatment. According to research, individuals who improve from hypnosis treatment for IBS can generally look forward to years of reduced bowel symptoms.

http://www.ibshypnosis.com/


This is a link to them, what's nice about it is you can do them from home. Its natural relaxing and safe.

http://www.ibsaudioprogram.com/

Take a look at these and if you have any questions let me know. As I said they really helped me and I know they have helped thousands of people. No Joke.
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MayOK
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   Posted 7/27/2010 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the links. I have personal hang-ups with hypnotherapy, so I won't be trying that. But thanks anyway.

I'm on day 6 of Xifaxan, and by day 3 had no cramping. I haven't gone yet today, so I wonder if the constipation someone warned me about is setting in. I had no BM also on Saturday and then pellet-like stuff yesterday.
 
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MayOK
Regular lower GI issues since 2007
Currently Un-Dxed
IBD Serology Test Positive for Crohns
Normal C-Scope & Capsule
EGD findings:  Esophagitis and Gastritis
"Proceeding as if it's IBS..."
Currently on 2-week course of Xifaxan
Align Probiotics Daily


shawn12
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   Posted 7/27/2010 1:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Out of curisoity what are the hang ups? There are a lot of major misconceptions about it.

If you have sibo the Xifaxan may help. But one problem again is what is causing the sibo, it is a consequence of abnormal functioning to begin with due to motility issues.

It may help IBS as well just by killing all the bacteria in the gut. But for IBS it is not all that successful. It may reduce some symptoms somewhat.

However, you can't stay on them forever. You also will want to replenish the bacteria in the gut again.
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MayOK
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   Posted 7/27/2010 1:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I am uncomfortable with the spiritistic aspect of hypnotism. And while it may not seem overtly "spiritistic" to many, personally I would never be comfortable doing it.

So if the Xifaxan does anything at all, does that confirm SIBO then? What do they do for that in the long-term? I mean, other than periodic antibiotic treatments?

As far as probiotics, I take Align. I'm not sure it does anything...there seemed to be a good symptom-free period during the first 4 weeks of taking it (could have been the colonoscopy prep perhaps?) but then everything came back. Have you heard good things about VSL? I keep hearing different things about the refrigerated ones vs. the non-refrigerated probiotics.
 
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MayOK
Regular lower GI issues since 2007
Currently Un-Dxed
IBD Serology Test Positive for Crohns
Normal C-Scope & Capsule
EGD findings:  Esophagitis and Gastritis
"Proceeding as if it's IBS..."
Currently on 2-week course of Xifaxan
Align Probiotics Daily


shawn12
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   Posted 7/27/2010 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Mayok, I understand, however that is one of the major misconceptions about it. Its a natural state like people can get when reading, watching a movie or whats called highway hypnosis.
 
This is clinical hypnotherapy used just for IBS. Nothing to do with religion, spirituality or anything like that at all. In fact the person who created the ones I used is a chrisitian.
 
Some peope think incorrectly that hypnotherapy can alter your conciousness, or you can be made to do things you don't want to do or view it from what they have seen on TV with stage hypnosis, but its not like that at all. What it's really is like is deep meditation or very deep relaxation. It's a highly focused state.
 
You might want to read this just fyi, if your interested at all. These are TOP IBS doctors using it on IBS.
 
 
Why Consider Hypnosis Treatment for IBS?
by Olafur S. Palsson, Psy.D.

Hypnosis is only one of several approaches to treating irritable bowel syndrome and may not be the most suitable option for all patients (click here for discussion of treatment options for IBS). However, hypnosis treatment has some advantages which makes it an attractive option for many IBS sufferers with chronic and severe symptoms:

- It is one of the most successful treatment approaches for chronic IBS. The response rate to treatment is 80% and better in most published studies to date.

- The treatment often helps individuals who have failed to get improvements with other methods (see for example: Whorwell et al., 1984, 1987; Palsson et al., 1997, 2000).

- It is a uniquely comfortable form of treatment; relaxing, easy and generally enjoyable.

- It utilizes the healing power of the person's own mind, and is generally completely without negative side effects.

- The treatment sometimes results in improvement in other symptoms or problems such as migraine or tension headaches, along with the improvement in IBS symptoms.

- The beneficial effects of the treatment last long after the end of the course of treatment. According to research, individuals who improve from hypnosis treatment for IBS can generally look forward to years of reduced bowel symptoms.

 
 
This is a video
 
 
However, if your uncomfortable I understand. But its very effective for most people who try it on IBS. More and more hospitals are using it as well and thousands of IBSers
 
But again I understand I just wanted to clairify any misconceptions about it.
 
Cognitive Behaviroal therapy is another option so you know that also has a good success rate. It just takes longer and its a little more work. With the HT you just relax and listen, with the CBT you work through things with a therapist. This all maybe more information then you wanted to know, but its really worth knowing about.
 
"So if the Xifaxan does anything at all, does that confirm SIBO then? "
 
No, the only way to confirm SIBO more accuarately is a hydrogen breath test, not a lactulose one.
 
Like I said it may help IBS just by killing all the bacteria in the gut, which might relieve gas and hence some pain and d.
 
"What do they do for that in the long-term? I mean, other than periodic antibiotic treatments?"
 
They are trying to figure that all out now actually, they know its not good to go long term on them. I will dig up some more info on all this for you.
 
Taking the Align while taking the Xifaxan is counter productive at this time, because the Xifaxan kills all the bacteria, so you would do it after the Xifaxan treatment.
 
I have seen Align on the IBS bb's for many years now. I has helped a few people with IBS somewhat, but not a magic bullet. The same with VSL really. One of them and I can't remeber what one has one strained that has been studied and shown to help somewhat on IBS. I will have to look that up as well.
 
 "I keep hearing different things about the refrigerated ones vs. the non-refrigerated probiotics."
 
I"ll try to dig up the info on that as well.
 
This is some info on sibo
 
 
 
 
 

 
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   Posted 8/1/2010 8:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Fire your G.I.!!!
 
Taking Rifaximin is actually the dumbest thing you should do.
 
I filed a report to the FDA about it.
 
 
-IBS induced by NSAID
-IBS-A,C with meteorism(trapped gas) and pubic burning-
 

shawn12
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   Posted 8/1/2010 11:19 AM (GMT -7)   
spasman a doctor gave you the Rifaximin?
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shawn12
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spasman, you do know I am eric from the ibs self help group yes? My name is shawn eric.
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   Posted 1/10/2011 5:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Xifaxan550 550mg is an awesome and unique Antibiotic. It will soon be approved for IBS (March 2011) This is the most effective and safe non systemic Antibiotics available. It is Gut specific and Placebo shows higher side effects. This will soon be a very populsr IBS drug not only with GI's but with Family Practice. It is currently indicated for Travelers Diarreha (sp) and HE.

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   Posted 1/11/2011 1:58 PM (GMT -7)   
This is from Dr Drossman on the antibiotic.

The recent study in the NEJM by Pimental et al on the use of Rifaximin for treatment of IBS shows clearly that there can be benefit achieved for selected patients with IBS. What is not clear is which patients are likely to benefit over others and how that determination can be made. In my experience there is a subset of 15-20% of patients who respond very well, at least the first time. However, there are no studies yet to determine how to identify those who will respond well, and there are no current guidelines for retreatment, since the symptoms will come back. More important we need to understand if there is any safety risk with long term or repeated use of antibiotics for a chronic condition. These days we often look at combinations of treatment to achieve optimal benefit. Rifaximin can be one of several treatments that can be used for IBS. But it will be the discerning clinician who can target the best treatment for any given patient. I am hopeful there will be future studies to help us better understand where Rifaximin fits in when planning treatments for IBS. Certainly it’s worth considering but it will not be a panacea.

Douglas A. Drossman MD

http://www.med.unc.edu/medicine/fgidc/

Kip,

"Placebo shows higher side effects"

a placebo can't have higher side effects then an antibiotic.
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   Posted 10/14/2011 12:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I know this is an old thread, but as I am the OP, I figure I have rights to resurrect it. :) I have taken Xifaxan twice now, and been nearly problem free since January. I feel that is well worth it.

Wonder why that guy said I should fire my GI? I have no complaints from taking the Xifaxan, only happiness that I've been trouble free for so many months.
MayOK
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Lower GI issues since 2007
March, 2010- Prometheus IBD 7 Serology Positive for Crohn's
March 2010 - C-Scope w/biopsies - normal; May 2010 - Capsule Endoscopy - normal; June 2010 -EGD w/biopsies- Gastritis, Esophagitis, both mild
Two rounds of Xifaxan August 2010 and December 2010 - Things have been quiet lately...

I take Librax, Hyomax, and Immodium as needed.

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   Posted 10/17/2011 8:30 PM (GMT -7)   
i was diagnosed with SIBO via fasting hydrogen test. i took xifaxan for two weeks and felt awful on it (very low energy, fatigue, nausea). i was hopeful i felt awful because it was "working" but i didn't feel better at all afterwards. then i was on another antibiotic for three days that also made me feel awful but i don't remember the name. my md told me the sibo comes back and then it can form a sort of slime on the intestines that would account for the b12 deficiency.
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