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Jeminij
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   Posted 12/14/2009 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey all. Starting on amoxicillin as I am trying to get pregnant. I must be crazy because I was so sick the first time around, but we want another baby so as a precaution I am going to start the amoxicillin (I took it during my last pregnancy to prevent any transmission).
 
Anyway, haven't been on meds for about 2 years since I was last pregnant (my daughter is 21 months). Hopefully it will go smoothly and I will get pregnant quickly, but the pills have a new look so I wanted to make sure I got the right meds. They used to be an off white color and now they are blue and white capsules. Is this correct? 500 mg. Thanks.

Harleyrider
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   Posted 12/14/2009 11:18 AM (GMT -6)   
So happy you are not having to take any meds at this time. Are you doing good with being symptom free?

My daughter is pregnant with lyme (resently bit this summer) and is going to see a lyme dr tomorrow.

What precautions did you take while being pregnant with lyme?
If you took Amoxicillin what does did they have you on while pregnant?

Hope you achieve your goal of having a bigger family, its so exciting.

Good Luck
 


Jeminij
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   Posted 12/14/2009 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you. I took amoxicillin during pregnancy and that was it. Just as a precaution but was told by 3 dr. that the risk of transmitting to fetus was so small that I need not to worry, however, I worry and so I took it just to be sure. And then I had her tested at birth and again a year later. I will continue to test her just to be sure, but she is perfectly healthy. I had lyme for 12 years on and off prior to getting pregnant so it was a chronic condition in my case. Symptoms seems to clear during pregnancy and after birth due to hormone changes. I think I was on 500 mg twice a day and I had extreme morning sickness throughout so I don't know how much of that actually got into my system.

CajunGrl
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   Posted 12/14/2009 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
It depends on who the manufacturer is. Look at the bottle and it should list it. Let me know.

This site may help:

www.drugs.com/amoxicillin-images.html
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CajunGrl
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   Posted 12/14/2009 12:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Just so you both know....Lyme Disease CAN be passed to the fetus. The risk is very high. Many, many mothers have passed Lyme disease to their babies. To me, that's like saying that AIDS can't be passed to the fetus. The bacteria is in the blood.

Harleyrider: Please get your daughter to an LLMD as soon as possible. She should be on Amoxicillian right now!
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Jeminij
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   Posted 12/14/2009 1:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes it can be passed but my lyme specialist, ob/gyn and an ob/gyn high risk specialist that I saw throughout said that the risk was not high, but anything is possible. Even without being on meds, your baby can still be very healthy, but it is best to be on amoxicillin as a precaution and to make sure you have a knowlegeable doctor.

CajunGrl
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   Posted 12/14/2009 1:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Jeminij,

I hope I didn't come off as defensive. I get very upset when doctors act like this disease is nothing. It's always best to take precautions like you did.
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Jeminij
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   Posted 12/14/2009 8:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree. Just don't want to scare anyone. I took the meds, but I had extreme morning sickness. Was on iv's and lost a lot of weight my first 6 months. I took the meds as best I could, but I wonder how much actually ever got into my system due to the fact that I could not eat or drink much of anything. It was awful. I am thankful my daughter is healthy as I was worried the entire time of the possibility, but I had great doctor's who kept a very close eye on me the entire time. It is best to be safe always.

Harleyrider
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   Posted 12/14/2009 10:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks guys for all the info...This is my biggest concern.
My daughter was bitten this summer. We have been bitten
every year for as long as I can remember. But we are always
in the thick of the country or where ever we go on vacations.

She has had alot of Lyme symptoms since she was a baby, starting with
lots of ear infections and eczema, urinary tract infections, to name a few.

She is doing good herself minor things going on. But they will only get worse if
she doesnt take precautions.

She has an appt with the dr that treated me in the beginning. But this one doesnt
really believe in chronic lyme. Hopefully since she is my daughter I can get her in
to see my llmd who believes in chronic lyme and its treatments and all the new
testing and so on.

Thanks guys for the help...
 


Jeminij
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   Posted 12/15/2009 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   
have her lyme doc work with the ob/gyn regarding treatment and if she wants the baby tested at birth (I did and then had another western blot done on her when she was 3 months old and at 1 year checkup. Will do it again at her 2 year checkup and likely every year just to be certain.

Dagger
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   Posted 12/15/2009 6:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I took amoxicillin throughout my pregnancy with my son. I had him tested at around four months and it was negative. He's sixteen now and shows no sign of Lyme.

I worried a lot about Lyme when he was little. He was a healthy infant and toddler so it eventually became easier and now, I rarely think about it. We live in the Southwest now so the risk is very small that he'll get a tick bite.

springsjean
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   Posted 12/16/2009 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes my amoxicillin is now blue and pink also. Wondering if anyone has read the book Ten Top Treatments for Lyme Disease which says amoxicillin is one of the worst to use for lyme! Ugh.

Harleyrider
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   Posted 12/17/2009 7:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I have read the Top Ten Treatments and yes amoxi is the worst for treating lyme.
But to pregnant mom this is the safest drug.
When she got bit May09 I had a full scrip of doxy that I gave her to take, later found that
script in her vehicle with only half the script gone. I feel if she would have taken
it all in the begining she may not have lyme now...But with her schedule I rarely got
to see her and make her take the pills. I did however text her daily to remind her to
take the script. What is a mother to do when a child doesnt listen. Even though they
know its for their own good.
 


Jeminij
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   Posted 12/17/2009 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
oh good. Thank you.

Yes amoxi is not strong for treating lyme disease but while pregnant (on in my case, trying again) it is the best and safest for the baby to take.

amoxi is good for treatment in the early stage if cought soon, but at a higher dose than for other treatments.

Dagger
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   Posted 12/17/2009 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I was actually on clarithromycin for the first trimester because I didn't know I was pregnant. At the time, that was actually scarier than the Lyme. It was still a pretty new drug in the US and they weren't sure if it would damage a fetus. They ran a lot of tests to see if he, especially his heart, was OK. I then switched to amoxicillin for the rest of the pregnancy.

Back then, I was advised to breast feed due to another unrelated problem that is common in my family. I took amoxicillin for another few years until he was weaned. I am very lucky that he is a healthy bright kid. I don't know if I'd make all the same choices with the knowledge I have today.

Generic drugs can be by multiple manufacturers so the look can vary. I think it's a always a good idea to check with the pharmacist whenever the meds look different. I have gotten the wrong pills in my bottle twice from different pharmacies in different states. One was a similar drug and probably wouldn't have hurt me. The other one would have interacted with another med I was on and may have been dangerous. Mix-ups happen so always check.

I once brought a new antibiotic back because it smelled too good. The pharmacist smelled it and immediately went over to check her supply. It was the right med. She agreed that it smelled too good to be an antibiotic. (It still tasted terrible.)
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