Reply to "Cipro & Flagyl vs Rifaximin"

I have had a chronic low-level pouchitis infection for the past year or so. I've been doing repeated courses of cipro/flagyl, at a lower dose. Sometimes I take VSL, sometimes I don't (right now I'm sort of broke, so I'm not taking it). I was off the antibiotics for the entire month of November because my guts were cooperating, but then I started having symptoms (increased frequency, cramping, etc.), got dehydrated, went to Emerg to get a fluid buff, and went back on the cipro/flagyl. It's been over a week since I've been taking them and I still feel pretty crappy. My guts are slowing down, but I've been in a persistent brain fog, my lower back is killing me, and my ears have been ringing. It's hard to tell which things are the inflammation and which are related to the treatment. But all those symptoms I describe are known side effects of cipro as well. I have an appt with my GI in Feb, and I fear I'll have to find an alternative. I'll have to make a special request with my insurer to have Xifaxan covered, if I want to try that.

I keep telling myself this merry-go-round is better than the colon that was poisoning my body and likely would have killed me, but sometimes I wonder...

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