Information about Rifaximin

Rifaximin Uses

Rifaximin is used in infectious diarrhea and hepatic encephalopathy.

How Rifaximin works

Rifaximin is an antibiotic. In hepatic encephalopathy, it works by killing the ammonia-producing bacteria thereby relieving symptoms such as agitation, confusion, and muscle problems. In infectious diarrhea, it works by stopping the growth of bacteria that cause diarrhea.

Common side effects of Rifaximin

Vomiting, Headache, Fever, Dizziness, Nausea, Chills
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Expert advice for Rifaximin

  • Rifaximin reduces the risk of overt hepatic encephalopathy (HE) recurrence in patients with liver disease.
  • It may cause reddish discoloration of urine. This is normal and harmless.
  • Stop taking Rifaximin and inform your doctor if you have severe diarrhea during or after using Rifaximin.
  • Finish the full course of the medication, even if you feel better.

Frequently asked questions for Rifaximin


Q. Should I take Rifaximin with food?

Yes, Rifaximin can be taken orally with or without food with a glass of water. Take it as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered.

Q. What does Rifaximin do for the liver?

In liver disease, there is an increased growth of bacteria in the intestine which increases the load of toxins travelling through the body. This further increases the possibility of toxins reaching the brain which can cause abnormal brain function. Rifaximin slows down the growth of bacteria in the gut, decreasing the symptoms in cases of liver disease.

Q. Can Rifaximin cause weight gain?

Usually Rifaximin does not cause weight gain. However, in case you feel there is an increase in weight, you should consult your doctor to determine the reason of weight gain.


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