Treatment of small intestine bacterial overgrowth

M. Di Stefano, E. Miceli, A. Missanelli, G. R. Corazza

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Removal of the predisposing condition, appropriate nutritional support to reintegrate both caloric and vitamin requirements and suppression of the contaminating bacterial flora represent the main of goals of the treatment of small intestine bacterial overgrowth. Generally, the polymicrobic nature of contaminating flora requires the administration of wide-spectrum antibiotics, but as yet we don't know which is the best pharmacological approach, in terms of drug, dosage and duration of therapy. There is no conclusive information regarding the most effective therapy that should be used. This paper reviews the efficacy of the different therapeutic approaches used.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-222
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2005


  • Diarrhoea
  • Hydrogen breast test
  • Intestinal gas production
  • Non absorbable antibiotics
  • Rifaximin
  • Small intestine bacterial overgrowth
  • Therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology


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