How Is Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth Treated?

June 15, 2023

When small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) occurs, undesirable gut bacteria crowd out the helpful ones, causing bloating and other discomfort. If left untreated, SIBO can lead to dehydration and even malnutrition.

How is SIBO diagnosed?

One way to diagnose SIBO is through an at-home breath test called the trio-smart. The test is sent to your home with instructions on how to collect several breath samples by blowing into a tube connected to a collection bag. These breath samples are then sent away for testing of hydrogen, hydrogen sulfide, and methane gases. You can order a trio-smart kit online through QuickMD.

How is SIBO treated?

This condition is often treated with the following antibiotics, to kill the harmful bacteria:

  • Amoxicillin/clavulanate
  • Metronidazole and trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim)
  • Metronidazole plus cephalexin
  • Ciprofloxacin
  • Norfloxacin
  • Rifaximin

Probiotics are another method of treatment. These consist of helpful bacteria given orally. Lactobacillus plantarum, Bifidus infantis, and Bifidus lactis are frequently prescribed.

Nutritional deficiency is treated with supplemental vitamins and minerals. Vitamin B12 is often injected. Vitamins A, D, and E can be given orally, along with calcium and iron.

How can I get a prescription for antibiotics?

Antibiotics are available with a prescription from a physician or other licensed prescriber. QuickMD can prescribe the antibiotics mentioned above when medically appropriate. To schedule a telemedicine visit, contact QuickMD today.

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