Mepron and Ketek

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vicparis
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   Posted 12/17/2009 11:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Is anyone taking a combination of Mepron and Ketek? If you are, do you have concerns about side affects of the Ketek or do you think the benefits outweigh the risk?
 
I'm currently taking Azithromycin, Cefdinir and Mepron and actually feel great (for the moment). I'm hesitant to change meds. I have been experiencing some kidney problems and will be getting extensive lab work done next week.
 
Victoria

CajunGrl
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   Posted 12/17/2009 3:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Victoria,

I have no experience with ketek but was wondering why your doctor was switching your meds? I'm no doctor of course. I'm just wondering since you said that you were feeling good.
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vicparis
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   Posted 12/17/2009 4:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know why she's switching them. She usually switches meds after you've been on them a couple of months. I trust her, so I just do pretty much what she tells me. The Ketek has a lot of warnings on the Internet, which does concern me.
 
Victoria

CajunGrl
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   Posted 12/17/2009 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you talked to her about your concerns? She may think that the reason for using it, outweighs the side effects, etc.

Anyone else use this drug? Please give Victoria your experiences with it.
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Willowrose
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   Posted 12/17/2009 10:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Is the ketek to replace the Azithromycin and Cefdinir, or will it be added to the three things you are now taking. I'm wondering if there is a suspicion that your kidney problems stem from one of those drugs and that ketek may be less problematic. I agree with CG, it may alleviate your concerns to find out why this change is being suggested.

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   Posted 12/18/2009 4:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I used Mepron + Zithromax to treat babesiosis, and I recently started my 3rd month on Ketek (telithromycin). I am responding very well to Ketek, and this abx also eradicated my long-term low-grade fevers!

Ketek can cause liver toxicity, which is why I have my blood work done weekly. In addition to checking my liver enzymes, my doctor also included kidney and cardiac function tests, as well as TSH and random glucose. My blood work has been great so far.

I have read repeatedly that Ketek is one of the, if not the best oral antibiotic for the treatment of Lyme disease. I have also read and heard that many Lymies respond very well to Minocycline, and it is also works well for "Lyme brain" ~ I believe it crosses the blood-brain barrier.

After two years of different oral abx combo's, I started to notice improvement after just over one year of treatment. The 1st half of 2009 was very good to me ~ my health was the best it had been in about 4 years (I improved about 30%). In mid-2009, I took an antibiotic break (wait and see -- not a good idea). Within about six weeks, my health took a nosedive.

With Ketek, I am now getting back much more strength, and I am guardedly confident that my improvement will far supercede 30%!

Cheers!

spaztick (previously known as Carrie J)
*Oral Abx Combo Tx since Jan/08*
Lyme disease - clinical dx ’08; Babesiosis (Positive IgM/IgG) '08;
GERD '05; Essential Tremor ’02; Fibromyalgia ’00; Osteoarthritis; Depression; IBS; Interstitial Cystitis

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