It does look like doctors are beginning to experiment with anti-biotic usage to treat IBS. In a recent test, the anti-biotic Rifaximin was shown to majorly improve the symptoms of 40% of patients involved in the study. A quote from the lead doctor in the study, gastroenterologist Dr. Mark Pimentel, shows how promising these new developments could be:
“If you take the antibiotic for 10 days, patients got better, and they got better for 10 weeks after the antibiotic was stopped”
This is great news, as it is estimated that 20% of the country suffers from chronic cramps, gas, and diarrhea and IBS is the leading cause of missed work days nationwide.
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