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Posted by atticus (Member # 17773) on :
My doctor told me that there is no IV treatment for babesia. Is that true?
Posted by Leelee (Member # 19112) on :
Hmmmmm. I have wondered about this too as I thought I would die from a Bactrim herx last summer.

Two days ago I started Trimperarim, but wonder what is next if I can't stay on it.
Posted by Hoosiers51 (Member # 15759) on :
Clindamycin has an effect on babesia, and that is sometimes given in IV.

Also, Zithromax has action against babesia and that can be given through IV too.

But the really common heavy hitters for babesia, like Mepron and Malarone, are not available in IV that I know of. Oral only.
Posted by knshore (Member # 13451) on :
I'm on IV Zith and I also take oral mepron. Zith on its own will kill babesia, but works a LOT better with mepron and visa versa.

I'm only 4 days into IV zith (I'm also on IV Rocephin) so I can't yet report how it works. I will say that ALL of my babs sx have increased a LOT!

Hopefully it is a herx and killing LOTS of babs!
Posted by seekhelp (Member # 15067) on :
Zith kills Babesia? Never heard this.
Posted by blinkie (Member # 14470) on :
Was bactrim used for babesia?
Posted by lymednva (Member # 9098) on :
Zith is commonly used with Mepron to treat Babs. Bactrim is also used for Babs.
Posted by Hoosiers51 (Member # 15759) on :
Zithromax on it's own has been shown in scientific articles to kill babesia. I think it was "in vivo," so I do believe there were people who responded to just Zithromax.

These studies that I saw must have been before Mepron was around, because they were testing Zith alone, Quinine alone, and Zith with Quinine.

So Zith did work, but Zith with Quinine was superior (so I'm thinking that meant it worked in more cases...can't recall without searching for the abstract).

But for people who have chronic Lyme, babesia, etc etc....maybe just Zithromax is not enough and you need combo therapy. I'm guessing the cases where Zith works alone were probably not very complicated.

So basically, knshore's second sentence sums it up.
Posted by Leelee (Member # 19112) on :
Originally posted by blinkie:
Was bactrim used for babesia?

Yes, Bactrim is used for Babesia.

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