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    Has anyone tried Xifaxan for IBS?!?!?
    savinlives08 posted:
    I saw my GI doctor the other day and he has tried everything so decided to start me on Xifaxan. Has anyone heard of it? The way he talks Xifaxan hopefully will do away with a lot of peoples IBS!!! Sounds great, right!! Even as great as it sounds, I still would love to hear if anyone else has tried it or is taking it. He said he uses it himself if he goes to other countries. Its kinda helps with parasites and infections. But it only stays in the GUT, and goes nowhere else in the body. I guess I should really give it a try but after so many years and so much meds sometimes you get kinda tired of trying something else. It is fairly new to the market but not that new. Just thought I would throw it out there and get some feedback on it. Who knows, maybe it will benefit a lot of other people who have had no success with treating their IBS!! Maybe we have reached a wonder drug!!
    calgal37 responded:
    The antibiotic is used, or has been used, for those considered to have SIBO - small intestine bacterial overgrowth. But it's typically used in conjunction with a specific diet after testing is done to find SIBO. And like many other things, it works for some and not others.

    What other things has you tried? What form of IBS do you have? Have you also tried probiotics and a dietary exclusion? What tests have you had done?
    savinlives08 replied to calgal37's response:
    Hi,,thanks for your response. The only test I have had is a colonoscopy. I have always had IBS. No one has mentioned SIBO. My dr. just felt that he has used xifaxan on his patients and evidently it is working wonders. I guess I just get leary of all the meds doctors like to give. I have recently started on Align. Which is suppose to help IBS. I have IBS-C so I use miralax at night and that has helped. So maybe you might have somemore comments. Once again thanks so much. Btw, do you know anyone that has or is taking Xifaxan.
    welcomefriend responded:
    A hard and stiff abdomen often causes stress, strain and digestive disorders like ibs, indigestion, bloating, flatulence, chronic constipation or diarrhea etc.
    Hence ideally our belly should be small, soft, tender, yet, at the same time strong, supple and flexible to support our body. This may sound absurd. But I assure you that it is very much possible. Anyone, with a little bit of practice and patience, can make it happen himself.
    If we observe the breathing pattern of infants and young children. we will find that usually their breathing is relaxed and effortless. Their chest do not move much, rather their chest and belly gently move up and down simultaneously during breathing. Whereas we usually breathe moving only our chest and shoulder while our belly remains more or less static or stiff.
    No, I am not talking about so-called "abdominal breathing" in which, the chest is forcibly kept still and only the abdomen moves. I am telling about "normal" breathing involving simultaneous effortless movements of chest and abdomen.
    So our target will be to very slowly involve our belly to move while breathing and to gradually reduce stress on our chest and shoulders. The most important thing is proceed slow but steady. Never apply any force or pressure during this process. Be patient and wait for results to come automatically.
    At beginning, by put your palm of your hand on your belly and observe whether your belly is soft and tender, or stiff and hard; whether it is moving up and down in breathing or remains static and fixed. Do not try to keep your chest still. Allow it to move on its own. Then try to relax your whole body, particularly your abdomen, chest and shoulders. Do not use force to push up or down your belly. Do not unnecessarily try to take deep inhale or deep exhale. Rather just watch your breathing. Keep focus on your belly. Feel your belly. Just observe your breathing pattern and relax. Keep in mind the target- that ultimately the stress on your chest and shoulders will be reduced and your chest and belly will smoothly and automatically move up and down together in breathing. Such movements will be not big or heavy, rather small, quiet and easy.
    Also observe closely the breathing patterns of people around you. After some time, you yourself will be able to find out who is breathing normally and healthily, and who is not.
    Gradually and slowly, after months of practice, your belly will start to move automatically together with your chest while you inhale and exhale. You will enjoy it. Your body and mind will get multiple benefits. It is worth trying for at least a couple of months.
    Let us hope for the best. Good wishes.

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