I have been reading about whether antibiotics can induce and maintain remission in Crohns disease and have found information on trials which suggest rifaximin which is a non absorbable antibiotic with a high safety profile, might be effective and suitable for long term use. This drug is not available in the uk but has been used for travellers D in USA and Europe for many years. Does anyone use this to treat their Crohns and if not why not ? Does anyone have other information about using antibiotics instead of steroids or immuno suppressants please ? It seems research is moving towards an explanation that Crohns symptoms at least for some people are caused by bacteria in the gut ( which would explain why many people find dietary and probiotic therapy works for them ) . If so it makes sense that antibiotics should work too. I am wondering about using antibiotics to treat a flare so that I can then start dietary therapy. Does anyone have useful suggestions please ? Thanks.