Xifaxan antibiotic works well . . . read my review

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Jay25CA
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   Posted 9/26/2008 9:31 AM (GMT -7)   
On Friday, September 19th, I started taking 1600mg of Xifaxan daily. In just a matter of a few days into the treatment I began to feel so much better. Less bowel movements, no pain, no bloating, and no yucky bowel distention anymore. This stuff costs a fortune although, $535 a month with insurance! But my god this stuff works. I was diagnosed with Crohns in Feb. 2002 and have tried just about everything to cure it. Well, except, the drugs in the Remicade class of meds. Too dangerous I think. In terms of diet, the SCD works the best for relieving symptoms without meds. Anyway, I am rambling. Just wanted to tell all my fellow sufferers that this could be the "cure" you are looking for. In addition to Xifaxan I am taking the 6 strain probiotic from customprobiotics.com. If you have any questions etc....(took out email, see left) 

Jason

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Jay25CA
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   Posted 9/26/2008 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Be sure and and look up the studies that have been done using this drug for IBS and Crohns on google.

CrazyHarry
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   Posted 9/26/2008 9:56 AM (GMT -7)   
i used this before a few years ago. didnt do anything for me. but then neither did cipro or flagyl. but then i also didnt respond to most of the drug therapies either. just my experience with this antibiotic. just goes to illustrate once again on how we are all oh so different.

anyhoo, jay25ca, glad you got something that works!
Crazy Harry

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Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07


Jay25CA
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   Posted 9/26/2008 11:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Harry! Have you tried the SCD diet?

PeteT
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   Posted 9/26/2008 12:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been on Xifaxin for about 6 months now. It has definitely helped me!

CrazyHarry
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   Posted 9/26/2008 1:03 PM (GMT -7)   
i do the makers diet but i do incorporate some aspects of the scd where i can. there is over lap of the 2 diets, but then in other areas one is more extreme than the other. i have blended the two to some degree, but i follow makers more than scd.
Crazy Harry

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Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07


Jay25CA
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   Posted 9/27/2008 10:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Is anyone else tried this drug?

sr5599
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   Posted 9/27/2008 11:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I use it, on and off. (month on, few weeks off... I get yeast issues if I stay on too long.) But, it does seem to help. It's not a miracle drug for me, but it's helpful.

I could never stick to Flagyl long enough to know if it helped (ICK) but Cipro was close to Xifaxan, but harder to take. Besides, Cipro has that tendon thing, which I felt just enough to scare me away from any sort of long-term use.
--40 year old female, dx as UC in '04 (1st symptoms in '03), switched to Crohn's in '05, 1 fistula, crohn's colitis, limited to large intestine
--rejected (reaction/didn't work): Asacol, AZA, 6-MP, MTX, Remicade, Humira, prednisone
--methylpred - finally off 6/15/08, tried Prochymal in Phase III study (can't wait til it's approved!)
--started Tysabri 3/21/08
--single mom to 10-yr-old girl


chroniemomx2
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   Posted 9/27/2008 3:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I tried it and it gave me abdominal pain.  I was much worse when I was taking it, so i stopped. 

Jay25CA
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   Posted 9/27/2008 4:29 PM (GMT -7)   
The first 2 days I had a lot of bloating which led to abdominal pain. Chalked it up to die off of all the bad guys. Once that was over I was ok. Miracle drug for me.

jid
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   Posted 9/27/2008 9:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been on Xifaxan off-and-on for the past couple of years. I take it 'as needed' and that works great! I can relate to the abdominal pain which was just referenced above. I never thought about it being the Xifaxan, but it is. Put another way: no Xifaxan, the usual BM hurts the usual amount. With it, the BM frequency is reduced, but some of the time when the BM finally happens there is some abdominal pain. On a scale of 1-5 it would have been a 2-3 at the worst and sometimes nothing (1). never a 4 or a 5 for me that i could/would contribute to the Xifaxan.
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