Before seeing Xifaxin advertised on TV, I sat my husband down and told him I did not want to hurt myself, but if someone didn't help me, I was going to end my life. Then I saw Xifaxin and had my doctor put me on it. Now, however, she said my symptoms should be gone. I still have bad bouts but nothing like before. So, this is my question, "Can I stay on Xifaxin indefinitely?"
Tough question. I would say as long as it continues to work.
Found this from a Xifaxan study published on PubMed:
"What is the likelihood of [IBS] 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]."
Goodluck to you.
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