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.
Usually Riffoxy 550mg Tablet 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.
Q. Should I take Riffoxy 550mg Tablet with food?
Yes, Riffoxy 550mg Tablet 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. For how long should you take Riffoxy 550mg Tablet?
The duration for which you may need to take Riffoxy 550mg Tablet will depend upon the disease being treated. If it is prescribed for treatment of traveler's diarrhea, it is usually given for 3 days. When given for irritable bowel syndrome, it is usually given for 14 days.
Q. Can Riffoxy 550mg Tablet cure IBS?
Taking Riffoxy 550mg Tablet can help improve the symptoms and delay the recurrence of the disease. However, it is not sure whether it will cure the disease completely or not. It has been shown that Riffoxy 550mg Tablet can help improve the symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal pain and discomfort. Consult your doctor for exact details on the treatment of IBS.
Q. How long does Riffoxy 550mg Tablet take to work for IBS?
Riffoxy 550mg Tablet usually starts acting within 24 to 48 hours. The symptoms like diarrhea improve gradually after you start taking this medication. Usually, taking Riffoxy 550mg Tablet for 2 weeks relieves the symptoms of IBS. Moreover, it has also been seen that this 2-week course of Riffoxy 550mg Tablet provides relief for up to 10 weeks even after stopping the medication.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 18th Feb 2020. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.