Xifaxan Effective Treatment For Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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   Posted 5/6/2010 10:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Yet another good article in EndoNurse e-magazine this month:
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   Posted 5/6/2010 10:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Interesting. I have never been diagnosed with IBS and I'm not sure that I have it. But I am on Xifaxan and have been for several years. It has made a huge difference in my daily life and I hope I never have to go off it. Most interesting to me is that the doctor who prescribes it for me is out of Beth Israel Deaconess in Boston, one of the hospitals in the study. Maybe that is why they were so familiar with it when I asked about being put on it and they didn't hesitate. They also had access to all the paper work for my insurance company to override all the off label stuff.

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!

Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....

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   Posted 5/6/2010 10:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I know I did a 14 day round of this recently and I have been feeling pretty good since. Thanks for sharing the article, I have printed it off to take to my doc.
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Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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   Posted 5/7/2010 11:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi...I'm a jpoucher with crohns and I've been on xifaxin for the past year for the pouchitis and its helped a great deal....it's nonsystemic so very little gets into the blood stream...also, its given me absolutely no side effects...better then cipro, flagyl, etc....
42 year old woman diagnosed with UC 1991, Jpouch surgery 1992, Crohn's diagnosis 2009....I also have Graves disease/Hypothyroidism and psoriasis
Current meds: 1200mg xifaxin, 3mg entocort, Humira (started 3/23/09), 150mcg synthroid, 20mg aciphex
Past meds: bactrum (side effect: rash), pentasa (tried twice in a 4 week period, severe nausea, vomiting and D), levaquin (ineffective), flagyl (works, hate the side effects), enemas and suppositories (ineffective), imuran- tried 2/09, landed in the ER with severe back pain and raised liver funtions....

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   Posted 5/8/2010 7:51 AM (GMT -7)   
It gave me diarrhea. LOL..... Like most antibiotics.
d 1/09 with colitis sigmoid colon with some diverticular disease as well
IBS, asthma/allergies,  high BP, fibromyalgia, GERD, restless legs and periodic limb movement in sleep, low thyroid, the list keeps growing..........................
claritin, singulair, diovan, progesterone, VSL#3 probiotic, Vit. D, colazal, plaquenil back on cymbalta for pain, nexium for reflux (trying again)
Blood test positive for Crohn's via prometheus ibd serology panel ASCA
Positive ANA rheumatologist suspects mixed connective tissue disease 4/2010
Collitis doing OK for now, it's fatigue and joint pain that are plagueing me right now!!!

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   Posted 5/8/2010 1:20 PM (GMT -7)   
i've used it for a couple times for over a month each time. didnt notice anything. and i can say that about flagyl and cipro too. so i dont know about the antibiotic treatment route, at least for me...
Crazy Harry

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

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