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%!
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