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georgiagirl
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   Posted 7/9/2010 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone,
My LLMD wants me to work up to 1,600
 mg of artemisinin on mon., wed., fri. 3 wks on and 1 week off.
Is anyone else here on this dose and schedule?
I'm only taking 400 mg right now.
Thanks
GG :-)

IH8Ticks
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   Posted 7/9/2010 4:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I've taken artemisinin on a pulsing schedule, but I don't think that I've ever taken that high a dose. I think that the max I took was 500mg twice a day M/W/F.

EDIT: Artemisinin is the one medication that doesn't make me herx. Higher levels should be fine. However, just because it's a naturally derived substance, doesn't mean that it doesn't have risks. It can cause liver problems, just like antibiotics can. You should be having your liver function tested anyway, but if you are going on a higher pulsing dosage, you should have your liver checked more often. I have mine checked once a month.

Post Edited (IH8Ticks) : 7/9/2010 4:53:44 PM (GMT-6)


georgiagirl
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   Posted 7/9/2010 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you,
I do have liver tests every month and so far so good....
Did you take anything else with the art. like mepron etc...?
Did you have good results with it?

achievinggrace
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   Posted 7/9/2010 7:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I was on that level of dose of artemesinin with the one week off per month. I made great progress with it. I was on antibiotics at the same time... can't remember which one right now. I am now totally off antibiotics and well on my way to a full recovery. I hope you get the same results

georgiagirl
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   Posted 7/10/2010 9:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey achievinggrace,
I'm so happy for you that you've made such great progress, it gives me hope that I can get well also.
Did you test posative for babesia or did you have a clinical diagnosis?
How fast did you work up to the 1,600 mg of artemisia?
I herxed very badley on the mepron and art. I had to slow it down a bit.
In the 3 years that i've been sick this is one treatment that I have not tried so maybe my LLMD is onto something here....
I hope this works...
Thanks
GG

IH8Ticks
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   Posted 7/10/2010 12:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I was on Zithromax and Mepron at the same time as the artemisinin, which is the common protocol for babesia. I am not on the Mepron anymore since my babesia symptoms have surfaced for a while. I can't claim to be cured of that, but that infection seems to at least be dormant for now. Right now, I'm battling mostly Lyme symptoms.

achievinggrace
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   Posted 7/10/2010 1:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Georgia girl,
Yes, there is definitely hope -- keep working at it!
I had a clinical diagnosis for babesia. I tested positive for ehrlichia.
I was on a medium level dose for at least two months before jumping up to the higher dose. I think that was just the way it worked out with appointments, not a particular protocol. You can increase the dose and then back off if it is too much to bear and then try again in another couple weeks. The pulsing really works -- in that it produces a die off of bacteria. At least it did for me. Everybody is different.
Good luck.
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