rifaxamin-antibiotic treatment-anyone else

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jayce
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   Posted 2/5/2008 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
is anyone here using rifaxamin as part of their treatment? my daughters dr presscribed it along with everything else, but right now she is improving so we will continue it just don't know if it's coincidence -she started 6mp and increased coloazl at the same time-thanks
Mom to 19 year old daughter diagnosed 11/07.
asacol 2 3x daily-discontinued
colazal 3 3x daily/switched to 4 4x daily
proctofoam 3x daily/1-2xdaily
mesalamine enema 1x daily
canasa suppostiories 3x daily /switched to court supp 1-2x daily
culturelle probiotic 1 daily
chewable vitamin
hydrocortisone enema at bed time 6mp50
xifaxan antibiotic 400mg 2x day


Old Hat
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   Posted 2/5/2008 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
about the cost of these meds that you just mentioned in the thread on generic Colazal cost, I suggest that you bring it up to the gastro. Suppositories are expensive & only treat the rectum so it doesn't make sense to stay on them indefinitely-- as you recently wrote that c-scope showed healing in rectum but inflammation still active higher up. Just tell the gastro straightaway that your insurance has lifetime caps; some of the doctors really never think twice about cost of prescriptions unless patients point it out to them. You are consulting with a gastro who gets honoraria from several pharmaceuticals, besides. The doctors have to declare these relationships when they lecture to their peers, but they don't have to disclose them to patients! So beware!!!! / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; currently on 3 Colazal daily for maintenance of remission)

jayce
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   Posted 2/5/2008 7:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Old Hat -thank you i will definately ask if she can start cutting out some of the rectal meds unless she deems them necessary-i will let her know cost is an issue-follow up is at end of month if all is steady i will bring it up then-thanks
Mom to 19 year old daughter diagnosed 11/07.
asacol 2 3x daily-discontinued
colazal 3 3x daily/switched to 4 4x daily
proctofoam 3x daily/1-2xdaily
mesalamine enema 1x daily
canasa suppostiories 3x daily /switched to court supp 1-2x daily
culturelle probiotic 1 daily
chewable vitamin
hydrocortisone enema at bed time 6mp50
xifaxan antibiotic 400mg 2x day


jujub
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   Posted 2/5/2008 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   
PLEASE, her doctor should also be able to help by giving you samples of drugs, especially any new drugs so you don't have to buy them until you find out if they're going to help. They all get tons of samples from the pharmaceutical company representatives, and some doctors are really stingy with them. Do what I do - ask! Your daughter is a college student, unemployed and if anyone needs the samples it would be her.
Judy
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.
 
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Old Hat
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   Posted 2/5/2008 7:36 PM (GMT -6)   
You're welcome! This is what happened to a 60-ish colleague of mine, who consulted doctor about hemorrhoids brought on by spicy food; the doctor wrote her a precription for suppositories. When she picked up the prescription at the pharmacy, they handed her 5 boxes-- which was a 3 mo. supply. She never expected that much & felt it was a waste so she contacted the doctor to complain: why did you prescribe so much? She told me that the doctor replied: "What do you care? The insurance pays for it!" My colleague was furious; she's the widow of a cardiologist & says he never had that kind of casual attitude! / Old Hat

tjf
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   Posted 2/5/2008 7:37 PM (GMT -6)   
You know what is weird...all my doctors have had a notice up (starting this year) that they are "unable to provide samples due to liability." I'm not sure if this is a state/county/etc thing.
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Old Hat
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   Posted 2/5/2008 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   
tjf-- it could be that some laws were enacted by the state health dept., relating to "kickbacks" paid by pharmaceuticals to HMOs. I recall reading about some cases a while back but don't remember which states were mentioned in the news article. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

tjf
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   Posted 2/5/2008 8:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Interesting. Thanks Old Hat:)
Tabitha (Tab)

100mg Azathioprine, 2 Fibercon, Colazal-9 a day, Acidopholis Pearls, Nexium

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