Treatment Basics

Antibiotics

  • Work by stopping the growth of certain bacteria that create toxins from your digested food. By reducing these bacteria, antibiotics reduce the amount of toxins produced in your body.
  • A few different antibiotics are used to treat HE. Your healthcare provider will choose the one that’s best for you.

The following two antibiotic medicines are commonly used to reduce the risk of HE recurrence:

  • Rifaximin (brand name Xifaxan)
  • Neomycin

Talk to your healthcare provider about your treatment options.