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Old 01-31-2007, 02:55 PM   #1
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Question about the drug Xifaxan

My Gastro doc has had me on Zelnorm for digestive/constipation problems and it use to work good, but doesn't always work anymore. I went to see my doctor yesterday and she wants me to take this drug Xifaxan and its my understanding that it is for people that has diarrhea and Im not. I want to do what my doctor says, but I called my Pharmacist and she said she never heard of anyone taking Zelnorm and Xifaxan together. Can anyone help me with this and I especially would like to hear from anyone that takes this Xifaxan drug and do you have bad side effects..thanks...barb

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Old 02-07-2007, 04:10 PM   #2
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Re: Question about the drug Xifaxan

Hi Barb,

I take Xifaxin occas. I have IBS but was unable to take Zelnorm. I had a
real stomach problem, no appetite, food was not digesting, lost 37s lbs.
Tried Zelnorm but couldn't take it. Finally my doc said we could try one
more thing and that was the Xifaxin. Xifaxin was primarily used to treat
traveler's diarrhea but a doc in Calif found that it helps people with IBS.
My problem was IBS with constipation. Xifaxin is an antibiotic that only
works in the intestinal tract. It really is not approved yet for IBS, but
will be eventually or maybe has been by now. Anyway, it worked for me.
I took it for 2 weeks, 3 pills a day. My nausea went away, I have now
gained 20 lbs back and feel fine. If the nausea recurs, I just take it for
maybe 5 days and its ok. I haven't had to take it now for a year. I didn't
notice any side effects for me.

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