Hi Vin. From what I understand, Flagyl needs to be taken with anonther antibiotic. Are you on another antibiotic with it?
I believe Tinidazole is similar to Flagyl but is supposed to be easier to tolerate. I took Tinidazole.
When taking Flagyl, make sure you do not have alcohol of any kind (including mouthwash etc.) or you can get very sick.
I have a good article on Flagyl that I can email to you. The link for it is no longer valid but I have the entire article. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Hi mcjane. Are you being treated by a Lyme doctor?
From what I understand, 200 mg of Doxy is not strong enough for Lyme. I believe the recommended dose is 300-600 mg daily with 400 mg daily often prescribed. If you have not done so, I recommend reading Dr. Joseph Burrascano's 2008 Diagnostic Hints and Treatment Guidelines For Lyme and Other Tick Borne Illnesses at http://www.ilads.org/lyme_disease/B_guidelines_12_17_08.pdf He is one of the top Lyme doctors in the country, and many Lyme doctors follow his protocols. He discusses antibiotics and doses starting on page 18.
It sounds like your infection is early which is good. Early infections are the easiest to cure. Getting the proper treatment now may reduce the chance of long-term complications.
Flagyl or a similar med treats the cyst form of Lyme which typically occurs later in the infection.
Are you aware of the Jarisch-Herxheimer Reaction (herx)? Often, when people who have Lyme take antibiotics their symptoms get worse or they get new ones. When the antibiotics kill the bacteria, toxins are released making them feel worse. It can be scary, but it is a good sign the antibiotics are working. During treatment it is a good idea to document your symptoms daily. One way to do this is to list the main symptoms you have each day with a numerical rating of their severity from 1-10. Over time when you review this, you can see when your herxes occur and how you are responding to the meds.
It is important to learn as much as possible. I also recommend the books "Everything You Need To Know about Lyme Disease Second Edition" by Karen Vanderhoof-Forschner and "The Lyme Disease Solution" by Kenneth B. Singleton M.D.
Hi Jane. I am so glad you are feeling better! Please make sure you take the proper dose for six to eight weeks even if you feel fine. This is the best time to eradicate the infection. Your symptoms may still cycle.
The books have a lot of useful information including how to protect your property and pets from ticks. I think it is good you don't let your cats out anymore since you are in an endemic area. Cats and dogs can get several tick-borne diseases also.
I hope you keep improving! Keep us posted on your progress.
Hi Vin. I also found it to be pretty accurate. If the depression hits you hard, make sure you let your doctor know. Maybe it will not affect you this way.
It is unreal how many symptoms a tick bite can cause!