Rifaximin is a drug used to treat traveler's diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome, which results from infection by bacteria. It is an antibiotic, which is also used to prevent hepatic encephalopathy in adults with liver disease. The other uses include treating recurrent C.difficile infection, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, and diverticular disease.
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Kindly suggest treatment for ulcerative colitis?
Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from ulcerative colitis for the past five years. I had a colonoscopy twice and sigmoidoscopy once in the past five years. I am 28 years old. I had Balacol 750 mg six times a day and Mesacol enema for a month. Because of short supply of Balacol, I cannot take it for one week... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com We are here to help you. This is a chronic condition and requires chronic treatment based on the severity of the disease and the ongoing symptoms. Treatment is mostly with anti-inflammatory medications like Sulfasalazine and Mesalamine (Mesalazine). Reducing infl... Read Full »
I was diagnosed with IBS many years back. How to get rid of its symptoms?
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 42 year old male, who weighs 210 lbs, and I am 5.11 feet tall. I have been having severe digestive and related symptoms for quite some time. I was diagnosed with IBS many years ago, but I would like a second opinion. My symptoms include severe nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue,... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity), they are fine except some neutrophilia, which is indicative of some inflammation or infection somewhere. Overall, it is fine. Do you have any fever or burning while urination?There is a ... Read Full »
Kindly guide us with the treatment for my mom's liver disease.
Query: Hi doctor, My mom is 70 years old. She has chronic liver disease, cirrhosis, portal hypertension and ascites. Her creatinine is 3. She also has type 2 diabetes. We were informed by her doctor that her liver is not producing albumin and her bilirubin level is very high. Please guide us. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your mom's profile suggests very advanced stage of liver disease (attachment removed to protect patient identity). She has advanced cirrhosis of liver, which is complicated by the formation of portal hypertension and fluid abdomen. The presence of kidney injury add... Read Full »
What is the treatment for bloody mucous in my 3-year-old son's stools?
Query: Hello doctor,My nephew is 3 years old. He has been getting bloody mucus in his stool for the last six days and also is having stomach pain also. Today, it has happened 17 times. We consulted a local pediatrician. He said it might be a gastro infection. He is having consistent stomach pain. Can I kno... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per the clinical history, the child suffers from infective gastroenteritis, also known as dysentery. This is diarrhea in children. A probable cause could be food poisoning or any infection. The medicines given by your pediatrician seem to be adequate. I suggest y... Read Full »
How to help my stomach bloating due to quitting alcohol?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a female in my mid-forties. I am 32 days sober now. I drank about half a bottle of wine at night for the past year. Before that, I had a couple of drinks a night about two nights a week. I also had a very too much sugar and carbohydrates in my diet. I cut out almost all sugar and ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. Well, congratulations on being able to cut down your alcohol intake. That is wonderful to hear. But are you completely abstinent from it, or have you moderated the amount? You are right; there is possibly a resetting w... Read Full »
I have been diagnosed with SIBO. Can it get cured by Rifaximin?
Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth) after having hydrogen breath tests. So I found out that it can be cured using an antibiotic called Rifaximin. Can I get an online prescription for the medication? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. If I understood your query correctly, you have been diagnosed with SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) on the basis of hydrogen breath tests by your physician. And you want an online prescription for the same. First of all, I need to know your symptoms; then, ... Read Full »
How to avoid getting bloated after every meal?
Query: Hello doctor,My problem started two months back when I suddenly had diarrhea. I took Flagyl for a week but all in vain. Then I visited a physician, he prescribed me Rifagut 400 thrice a day for seven days, Pantocid 20 twice a day for five days and probiotic twice a day for five days. I got relief i... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query as well as the investigations (attachment removed to protect patient identity). From your reports, you seem to be suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The condition responds to Rifaximin (Rifagut) for a short term. The long term trea... Read Full »
What is the reason for uncontrollable farting and gas problems in the stomach?
Query: Hello doctor,I am a 31 year old male. I have too much gas in the stomach despite drinking plenty of water, nearly four to five liters a day. I fart too much. I feel embarrassed and cannot control it. I am not taking any medications currently. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your post. The excess gas formation is generally because of problems with the gut bacteria and the consumption of spicy food can aggravate it. I would suggest you avoid spicy food. Start Rifaximin 200 mg twice daily which is a nonabsorbable antibiotic a... Read Full »
How do I completely get cured from passing gas throughout the day?
Query: Hello doctor, I experience gas in my stomach quite often. I then pass gas throughout the day. If I take antibiotics, it stops completely until the duration of the course. I wish to get cured completely. I was diagnosed with inactive gastritis and have been given PPI for two months but I still exper... Read Full »
Dr. Satpute Ganeshkumar Suresh
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. There are multiple reasons for gas in the abdomen. In your case, it is likely to be due to a disturbed gastrointestinal flora of the gut bacteria. You should take probiotic tablets for at least a month. Initially, start with an antibiotic such as tablet Rifaximin 450 ... Read Full »
What does it mean to have diarrhea for more than a month and traces of occult blood in stool test?
Query: Hello doctor, I am currently confronting some problems with my digestion that are not recovering. My complete medical history is as follows; I have been eating many unhealthy foods for two to three months. My main symptoms were irregular bowel movement and diarrhea for two to three times after ea... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I do not think you have any severe problems. The bowel movements and slight cramping in the lower abdomen are very common. Although you have some symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), it is not very severe. There is nothing to worry about as there is no w... Read Full »