Diarrhea: SIBO, C. diff or ?

Spiky Bugger

Well-Known Member
Sounds like you are reliving my route to an IBS-D diagnosis. I even had that drug...last year, I think...paid a bit more than usual, but not that much. HOWEVER, some of my c diff meds were “costy.”

And peppermint pills. Lots of stuff. But I think diet was the essential component for me. Since you didn’t ask, here’s some lightweight reading:

About your drug...

https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/About-Us/HH-Landing-Pages/For-gastrointestinal-diseases-dogged-research-offers-advances-in-science-care.aspx


And then...you may need to give your gut a rest. It may help. So, some more easy (thus meeting MY needs) reading on various solutions:

http://www.siboinfo.com/uploads/5/4/8/4/5484269/low_fermentation_diet.pdf

https://www.gicare.com/gi-health-resources/low-fiberlow-residue-diet/

https://kelliesfoodtoglow.com/nutrition-and-cancer/help-with-a-low-fibre-diet/



What IBS folks CAN eat:

https://livinghappywithibs.com/2013/05/14/low-fodmap-sample-meals/
 

Spiky Bugger

Well-Known Member
Nevermind, Medicare excludes you. Pharmaceutical company jerks.

Reread the restrictions on whatever you are reading. Sometimes it looks like they are saying you can’t use discounts if you HAVE Medicare. In rereading, I realized that it said we couldn’t use it WITH Medicare...that is, they could not discount from the Medicare price (that congress won’t let us negotiate.)
 

Spiky Bugger

Well-Known Member

Okay, so this one is really strict. Sorry.

But sometimes with these—and they change all the time—there is a minimal discount for Medicare types. There is a drug I have been trying...different issue...that is not on the Medicare formulary and costs about $230/mo retail. The manufacturer has “coupons.” If your insurance covers it at all, the mfgr will cover your copay. If your insurance doesn’t cover it, they can mail order it to you...for $80 for a three month supply. I did that twice...six months worth. NOW their website says that the discount is NOT available to anyone enrolled in Medicare. So
I guess I’m done with that drug and maybe now everyone excludes us from all medication discounts. I’m sorry if
I got your hopes up.

Thank you, Congress.
 

DianaCox

Bad Cop
Since it's an antibiotic that I'm only going to take for one 14 day course, I think it's not worth it trying to shop around. OTOH, they didn't have a full prescription, so I only received (and paid for) a 5 day supply - maybe I could get the rest of the script from somewhere else - I'll check around tomorrow. Appreciate the input!
 

DianaCox

Bad Cop
Update: still pooping many times/day (at least 10, and very urgent when it hits), but mostly firmer. Feeling less nauseous. Xifaxan seems to be doing something.

Going to the theater tonight. Fingers crossed.
 

southernlady

Administrator
Staff member
Update: still pooping many times/day (at least 10, and very urgent when it hits), but mostly firmer. Feeling less nauseous. Xifaxan seems to be doing something.

Going to the theater tonight. Fingers crossed.
Sounds like it’s helping. Good luck tonight.
 
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