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SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) Topic Guide

SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth): SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) refers to a condition in which abnormally large numbers of bacteria (at least 100,000 bacteria per ml of fluid) are present in the small intestine, but they are more like the bacteria that are found in the colon. There are many conditions associated with SIBO, including:

It has been theorized that SIBO may be responsible for the symptoms of at least some patients with irritable bowel syndrome.

Symptoms of SIBO include:

Treatment for SIBO can include:

SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) Topic Guide - Visuals

SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) Topic Guide - Medications and Vitamins

Medications:

rifaximin Rifaximin

Rifaximin is an antibiotic that fights bacterial infection only in the intestines...learn more »

levofloxacin (oral) Levofloxacin (oral)

Levofloxacin is a fluoroquinolone (flor-o-KWIN-o-lone) antibiotic that fights bacteria in the body. Levofloxacin is used to treat different types of bacteri...learn more »

neomycin Neomycin

Neomycin is an antibiotic that fights bacteria in the body...learn more »

metronidazole Metronidazole

Metronidazole is an antibiotic that is used to treat bacterial infections of the vagina, stomach, liver, skin, joints, brain, and respiratory tract. Metroni...learn more »

ciprofloxacin (oral) Ciprofloxacin (oral)

Ciprofloxacin is a fluoroquinolone (flor-o-KWIN-o-lone) antibiotic that fights bacteria in the body. Ciprofloxacin is used to treat different types of bacte...learn more »