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My LLMD wants me to add lariam to the mix and I will but I am scared. She says many of her patients have very serious transient psychiatric symptoms from it -- like hallucinating, seeing ants on the wall when there aren't any.

Any experiences with this drug?

I'll be adding it to biaxin, ceftin, flagyl, mepron and artimisinin. I told her I was afraid itwas too much, too aggressive. She explained her reasoning, and then said, let's see how yhour body responds.

Feels like I am jumping off a cliff -- I've got all the parachutes (support system, perspective, good meds) but .........

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Is it for Babs?

You've probably seen this already:

http://www.ilads.org/mefloquine.htm

But Lariam in addition to the other Babs meds?

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It's usually Larium OR Mepron/Zithromax/artemesia
I have never heard of them both at the same time. Are you sure?

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years ago, a read some real bad stories, about larium.

for me, i'd say no,even if it where offered for free, and get some thing that does the same/similar job, like the combinations suggested.
much past discussions on safter approaches.

i never did mepron,or larium.

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I would follow you instincts and use caution, Jeff.

http://www.lariaminfo.org/

If you want medical research, on the right hand side of the page, click 'research on Larium'

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Thank you all.

I think I will fill the prescription but wait to take it. I think a couple more months on mepron and the babswill begaone or in remission.

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Here is one recent post on this drug -- probably more info if you do a search on this site.

http://flash.lymenet.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=042911

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Hello,
I am new to lyme disease but here is a site and it talks of a combo to get rid of babs.Have you seen this site?
WWW.guideline.gov

Just type in Lyme Disease and up it will pop on the top listing.Talks about the severe hard to treat babs and what medication combo to use.It is at the bottom of the first page.Hope this helps,
Trina

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Jeff

I have not taken this drug myself but I read that the W.H.O. advise that the risk of adverse reactions increases if this drug is taken simultaneously with a quinine based drug. That was what my LLMD wanted me to do too...Larium with Mepron.

In the end I was too scared even to take it on it's own!

Emma

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No way. The psychotic symptoms occur most frequently with people who have other health problems. You cannot take lariam at all if you have ever experienced depression, a major Lyme symptom. In the malaria community, it is prescribed on a once-a-week schedule, not daily, and even then people have problems. It is primarily used to keep from catching malaria, not to treat it. Why would you take a drug that didn't work well as a treatment before taking the best ones out there? Especially if it has been linked to servicemen returning from abroad and murdering their families, or pilots crashing airplanes?

The drugs you want to research in addition to mepron are Riamet/Coartem, quinine, chloroquine, primaquine, doxycycline, and Fansidar. You would not take either flagyl or mepron at the same time. Flagyl is a Lyme cyst buster anyway, so you don't have to take it on a daily basis.

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