So my wife's been on Mepron/Zith for more than a month and feels pretty bad.
We had to see the physician's assistant since we went on a Saturday.
She said to continue for a couple more weeks on the current combo and see if she doesn't get better. If not then switch.
She mentioned Flagyl at the next possible step - she said it treats 'Coinfections'. I asked which one Babesia or Bart? She said both. I asked about Rifampin - she said they don't do Rifampin but they do Levaquin.
Is that right? Does Flagyl work on coinfs? And I was surprised they don't use Rifampin.
I asked if next we could get Bactrim, since I heard that can work on Babs and Bart at the same time. She said 'no problem'.
I like that they are accomodating but not sure about the whole Flagyl suggestion.
I was on Mepron/Biaxin for a lot longer than a month before I started feeling better. Is she seeing anything? Herxing? Any changes at all?
I believe Dr. H in NY suggests adding Bactrim to Mepron/Zith to treat bart at the same time babs is being treated.
I've never heard of treating coinfections with Flagyl .... I thought it was for the cystic form of borrelia.
Levaquin was a wonder-drug for me ... my babs had been treated for 10 months, and I really turned the corner on Levaquin. I was also on mino/Tindamax/Plaquenil for Lyme, and Malarone/Art/Lariam for babs when I took the Levaquin.
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I've treated both bartonella and babesia. While I was on one flagyl a week
At the time (250mg) that was to prevent C.Diff not treat the co-infections.
I did Bactrim DS also with babs therapy and it helped a lot.
BTW, I herxed for almost 3 months straight on my first go around with babesia.
I couldn't do levaquin......and it can cause tendon damage.
I tried it, but tendon pain, racing heart and insomnia within 6 hours.
I did rifampin instead.
I would check with the LLMD about treatment options.
Two weeks into initial treatment and I felt worse too.
In fact, the first two whole months were horriffic!
I felt horrible my first two months on malarone (which has the same active ingredient as mepron) to treat babs. It got easier after that. It is not surprising that she feels awful after one month on that combo, I am sorry to say! Best wishes.
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