I'm a fellow Xifaxin (rifaximin is the generic name)-newbie here, just started it yesterday. If you ever read any of my other posts you'll see that I have a really protracted (i.e., six years') history of intermittent, severe chronic diarrhea w/ fecal blood and leukocytes, fever, abdominal pain, etc. after living in East Africa for a while. I've taken three rounds of Flagyl in the past and always felt better for 2-3 months afterwards. A couple weeks ago I had a terrible day with something like 50 episodes of diarrhea in 24 hours and I went to see a new GI, who prescribed this rifaximin, 400 mg twice a day for 10 days, which I guess is the standard dose.
Antibiotics like Xifaxin, Flagyl, etc. are being used for people who experience everything from inflammatory bowel disease to parasitic infections to IBS. People over on the Crohn's board are taking Xifaxin or Flagyl; some consistently, every day, for years. I think it's not quite clear how these drugs can help so many different tummy troubles, but they do...research is being done constantly to figure it out.
I am on day 3 of Xifaxin and am having some trouble with the big D. I'm hoping this is temporary, just a glitch. Flagyl has worked very well for me before, although the side effect profile really is nothing to brag about.
Gas X (only effective before gas reaches the intestine)
Lactaid (for dairy. This was before I tested negative for lactose intolerance).
Beeno (digestive enzyme)
Peppermint oil capsules (to help alleviate intestinal gas/bloating)
Papaya enzymes (to help alleviate intestinal gas/bloating)
Fennel seeds (chewing them is supposed to help intestinal gas/bloating)
Prilosec OTC (tried this for 2 weeks even though I don’t have heartburn)
Digestive Advantage – IBS (even though I don’t have IBS, this is supposed to help bloating by restoring the balance of good bacteria in my GI Tract. Only works if the bacteria count is skewed)
Dairy-free Diet – 10 day trial. Didn’t consume any known dairy. Also, was diligent about avoiding hidden dairy.
Great news, Anabelle!!!
Maybe your body just needs some time to adjust to the new med. Soon you'll be a pro, like Keri w/Welchol, on adjust your dosage as needed.Good luck at the GI today! Keep us posted.