Imagine that you are on a backpacking trip for a vacation. You’ve always wanted to explore a different country and the opportunity is finally here; however, there’s a problem. Irritable bowel syndrome can manifest itself in symptoms such as diarrhea and abdominal pain. These are the same side effects of traveler’s diarrhea as well. This is why it’s a good idea to have the prescription medication Xifaxan on-hand during international travel. It’s also a good idea to have this drug if you regularly suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

What is Xifaxan?

Also known as Rifaximin, this medication is used in the prevention of certain liver problems and can also combat the side effects of traveler’s diarrhea and IBS with diarrhea. Don’t let these conditions ruin your quality of life or your next trip; no one wants to deal with these sicknesses when they are trying to enjoy themselves.

What Causes Traveler’s Diarrhea?

When you or a loved one visits a place with different food, a different water supply, and different sanitary practices, there is always a chance for traveler’s diarrhea. Bacteria, viruses, parasites and the stress of a new diet can cause traveler’s diarrhea. This condition can be treated with Xifaxan to help relieve symptoms in a much more efficient manner than simply waiting for the condition to go away. Usually the condition isn’t that serious, but you can take steps to avoid the unpleasant side effects of TD. Having Xifaxan on-hand is a good idea when you are travelling abroad to high-risk areas known for food and water related sicknesses.

This digestive tract disorder manifests itself in abdominal cramps and loose stools, causing unpleasant situations while traveling abroad. The symptoms can occur during a trip or shortly after one and look like:

  • An urgent need to go to the bathroom
  • Abdominal or stomach cramps
  • 3+ loose stools a day
  • Fever, vomiting, and nausea
  • Severe dehydration
  • Persistent vomiting
  • Bloody stools

girl travelling on a canoeIf these symptoms last more than a few days, consult your doctor and seek medical attention. If you are travelling abroad, contact or visit the local embassy for possible solutions. High risk areas include South and Central America, Mexico, Africa, most of Asia, and the Middle East. Eastern Europe and a few Caribbean islands may also pose a risk.

Avoid raw meat and unpasteurized milk/dairy products (this includes ice cream). Don’t consume suspecting-looking food from unknown street vendors, and always eat foods that are served hot and well-cooked. Avoid unsterilized water and consume bottled water and fruits/veggies that you can peel yourself. It also helps to use bottled water when brushing your teeth, ordering hot beverages such as tea and coffee, and closing your mouth when you shower.

Help with the Cost of Xifaxan

Without a prescription, Xifaxan can be an incredibly expensive medication. There is not a generic version available, with the cost of 60 550mg tablets totaling $2,547. That’s a large price to pay, but The Rx Solution is here to help. The Rx Solution helps cover the cost of medications for uninsured and under-insured Americans. If you have Medicare prescription coverage and are having a difficult time paying for your medications, we can help too. We provide free or discount drugs and offer a substantial decrease in the price for these medications.

If you need help paying for the cost of Xifaxan, give us a call at (888) 823-0042 or visit our contact page to find out if you qualify.