What is Rifaximin?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Xifaxan Normix

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Rifaximin is an antibiotic used to reduce the occurrence of overt hepatic encephalopathy and for the treatment Traveler's diarrhea. It is also being used for the treatment of hepatic encephalopathy and Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Bacterial overgrowth syndrome 13 9
Irritable bowel syndrome 12 12
Crohn's disease 4 3
Chronic diarrhea 2 0
Diarrhea 2 3

Show all 21 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 4
Moderate 2
Mild 5
None 21

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Rifaximin

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 3
Nausea 2
Abdominal cramps 1
Abdominal pain 1
Back pain around kidneys 1
Confusion 1

Show all 10 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Rifaximin

Dosage Patients
1 monthly 1
200 mg twice daily 1
1,100 mg daily 1
550 mg twice daily 1
1,650 mg daily 1
550 mg three times daily 1
1,100 mg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Rifaximin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 20
Doctor's advice 8
Did not seem to work 2
Side effects too severe 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Other 1
Personal research 1
See all 26 patients who've stopped taking Rifaximin

Duration

Currently taking Rifaximin

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 3

Stopped taking Rifaximin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 18
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 26
Usually 4
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 7
Not at all hard to take 22
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 5
$100-199 0
$50-99 4
$25-49 2
< $25 9
Not specified 12

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Rifaximin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Ciprofloxacin (Cipro) 1
Metoclopramide (Reglan) 1

Patients stopped taking Rifaximin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Amoxicillin-clavulanate (Augmentin) 1
Metronidazole (Flagyl) 1
Omeprazole (Prilosec) 1
Tramadol (Ultram) 1
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1 patient evaluation for Rifaximin

Feb 27, 2015 (Started Feb 06, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for diarrhea)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for bacterial overgrowth syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Advice & Tips: It didn't work for me and I took it an additional 10 days for a total of 20 days with zero changes.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 25, 2015 (Started Feb 06, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for diarrhea)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for bacterial overgrowth syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 550 mg Three times daily
Advice & Tips: Didn't work for me at all.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 7, 2015 (Started Feb 06, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for SIBO)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for diarrhea)
  • Side effects
    Mild (pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 550 mg Three times daily
Advice & Tips: None until I'm finished with the 10 days

  • 0 helpful marks
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