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You know that old adage “go with your gut” – there’s something to be said for one’s own intuition and for gut health.
There have been countless articles in the past few years about the importance of gut health and how it affects overall health. With the rise of chronic illness and invisible illness in this country, more and more people are looking for ways to heal their gut.
Nutrition can often be the first place people start to improve their gut health, from food elimination to adding probiotics and supplements to your diet, this is a great first step in the journey. In my case, my nutritionist then worked with me to transition to a pure Paleo diet, which was what my body and gut needed to start the healing process for my gastrointestinal issues. Paleo isn’t for everyone – diets are very personal. And much of what works for you is learned through trial and error. But for me and for many others, diet changes may not be enough.
This month is IBS Awareness month. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a commonly occurring intestinal disease with unpredictable bowel movements. It can make participating in everyday activities uncomfortable and sometimes impossible.
Speaking of activities, as a mom, I (like many other moms) have to be on the go and able to handle any situation. Moms don’t have time for IBS or irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea (IBS-D). While I haven’t been diagnosed with IBS-D, I have battled certain gastrointestinal issues myself, so I can imagine what others struggling with IBS-D may feel like. Thankfully I took steps to improve my gut health, including seeking help from a nutritionist, and many of my symptoms subsided. I am feeling significantly better, which is why I am sharing this post with you. I know many of us suffer silently, including those with IBS-D, but we don’t have to.
Here is a bit more information about IBS-D, causes and what it can be like to live with the condition:
- About 1 in every 10 Americans has IBS
- Approximately 40% of people with IBS have IBS-D
- IBS-D affects both men and women almost equally
- People with family members who have IBS are more than twice as likely to develop IBS themselves
- There is no cure for IBS, but there are treatments that address the symptoms
Possible Causes of IBS-D
- The exact cause of IBS-D is unknown, but is believed that one of the potential causes is an imbalance of gut bacteria that may lead to IBS-D symptoms
- Other possible causes include:
- Communication problems between the brain and the digestive system
- Problems in the immune system
- Family history
Life with IBS-D
- People with IBS-D may:
- Limit or cancel social engagements
- Stay home from work or school
- Avoid long car rides, plane rides or going on vacation
- Avoid favorite foods or have limited options in restaurants
- Constantly worry about access to a bathroom
- Avoid situations where there isn’t a bathroom nearby
- People with IBS-D symptoms commonly feel:
- Nearly two in five people with IBS-D have waited more than three years being seeing a doctor about their symptoms
- Studies have shown that between 50 and 70% of patients failed to respond to either fiber or antispasmodics as a treatment therapy
There are treatment options you can discuss with your doctor, including XIFAXAN® (rifaximin) 550 mg tablets:
XIFAXAN for IBS-D
- XIFAXAN is a prescription antibiotic that works mainly in the digestive tract
- XIFAXAN is the only FDA-approved 2-week treatment for IBS-D
- XIFAXAN is taken every day for 2 weeks and can provide up to 6 months (range of 6-24 weeks; average of 10 weeks) of relief from IBS-D symptoms. You can be retreated up to two times if symptoms return.
- XIFAXAN is a short-term treatment, not something you take indefinitely
- You can be retreated with XIFAXAN up to two times if symptoms come back
- XIFAXAN is the only FDA-approved treatment that alters the bacteria in your gut that have been linked to symptoms of IBS-D
XIFAXAN® (rifaximin) 550 mg tablets are indicated for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea (IBS-D) in adults.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
- XIFAXAN is not for everyone. Do not take XIFAXAN if you have a known hypersensitivity to rifaximin, any of the rifamycin antimicrobial agents, or any of the components in XIFAXAN.
Gut health is no joke. If you’re suffering from any intestinal issues, talk to your doctor or nutritionist about healing your gut and what treatment option may be right for you. It’s important to your overall health and your ability to be at your best. If you’re suffering with IBS-D symptoms in silence, or know someone who might be, go talk to your doctor, and urge others to do the same thing. Speaking up can be a key first step toward finding relief.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION (continued)
- If you take antibiotics, like XIFAXAN, there is a chance you could experience diarrhea caused by an overgrowth of bacteria (C. difficile). This can cause symptoms ranging in severity from mild diarrhea to life-threatening colitis. Contact your healthcare provider if your diarrhea does not improve or worsens.
- Talk to your healthcare provider before taking XIFAXAN if you have severe hepatic (liver) impairment, as this may cause increased effects of the medicine.
- Tell your healthcare provider if you are taking drugs called P-glycoprotein and/or OATPs inhibitors (such as cyclosporine) because using these drugs with XIFAXAN may lead to an increase in the amount of XIFAXAN absorbed by your body.
- In clinical studies, the most common side effects of XIFAXAN in IBS-D were nausea (feeling sick to your stomach) and an increase in liver enzymes.
- XIFAXAN may affect warfarin activity when taken together. Tell your healthcare provider if you are taking warfarin because the dose of warfarin may need to be adjusted to maintain proper blood-thinning effect.
- If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or nursing, talk to your healthcare provider before taking XIFAXAN because XIFAXAN may cause harm to an unborn baby or nursing infant.
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