What is your Babesia treatment, meds and dose?

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   Posted 3/29/2009 12:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for reading my post...

Since there is no LLMDs in the country I am currently at, and was tested positive for only Babesia, and negative for Lyme, I would like to hear the experiences and treatment plan with your Babesia diagnosis.

The doctor here will treat me based on what they found in the medical textbook via Atovaquone ( not sure via liquid or tablet method) and Azithromycin for 3 weeks. I was not told the dosage yet, so if you can list the dosage and times per day this would be great.

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   Posted 3/29/2009 1:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I will tell you I treated for 6 months with Liquid Mepron at 5ml 4x a day and Azithromycin 250 ml tablets 2 x a day. That has been what I have read pretty typical but some do the Mepron dose 2 or 3 times a day instead of 4 depending on how you do and feel on it.

Good Luck to you.
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   Posted 3/29/2009 8:58 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Nexis, it is good to see you!  How are you doing?

Babesiosis is simliar to malaria and needs to be treated with a combintion of an anti-malarial (often Mepron or Malarone) and an antibiotic (Zithromax, Biaxin, or Ketek).  I believe that Mepron is stronger than Malarone. 

I agree with KeepHope that now the typical dose for Mepron is four teaspoons daily, often two teaspoons twice daily.  Previously 2-3 teaspoons daily was prescribed.  I believe the recommended dose of Zithromax is 500-1200 mg daily and Biaxin is 1000 mg daily.  I am not familiar with the recommended dose of Ketek.  Hopefully someone else is.  Some doctors are also adding high-quality Artemisinin (anti-malarial herb) to the protocol.

It is my understanding that the minimum treatment time for Babesiosis is four months.  Longer treatment is not unusual.  It can be tough to eradicate.  You can read about Babesiosis starting on page 22 of Dr. Burrascano's Treatment Guidelines at http://www.ilads.org/lyme_disease/B_guidelines_12_17_08.pdf

Do you think your doctor would be willing to consult with a Lyme doctor?  If you would like to email me, my address is ko_@bellsouth.net

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   Posted 3/29/2009 9:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Nexis, I wouldn't trust a negative diagnosis for lyme especially if you have babesiosis. So if after treating the babesia you have other symptoms go after the lyme too.I was treated with mepron and zithromax - the same dose Ticker suggested. It took almost 2 years to get rid of it for me. I hope it doesn't take that long for you.
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   Posted 3/29/2009 4:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you very much for your replies, and I would like to express my gratitude to Ticker who helped me get this far in finding a diagnosis from another boards, and now I am here.

I am unable to write much I have a full days of a doctors appointment in a few hours including my PCR testings results for Babesia and other co-infections, and must get ready.

I called Igenex and they said that I am not positive for Lyme and you know I believe it since I got Babesia from living in Washington State ( I have the Duncani strain) right before I move abroad.

Ticker what i was thinking was consulting an LLMD from abroad who can direct a physician here who can over see my medication treatment.

The Babesia treatment says 3 weeks yet a severe Babesia condition is 4 months so I need to re-read Dr. B treatment plan ( very informative).

Thank you very much for your help and time and I hope everyone a steady recovery.
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