Posted 8/2/2009 6:17 PM (GMT -6)
Levaquin is the drug of choice and if it is too strong she could hold some doses and go easy- some docs prescribe it in a pulsed fashion 2-3 x/week. The Herx is a good sign as you know......also many including myself who never considered taking an antidepressant had to during Bart treatment. I have been using a very low dose of Paxil (only 3 mg) daily and it has enabled me to stay on Bart treatment.
Other treatmetns are HH capsules from Dr Zhang-- I take these as well as my antibiotics- but started with this- doing 4 /day-- she could start with 1/day and gradually increase. Bart is such a hard organism to treat and causes such horrible herxes but she will not be able to recover form or respond to Ly,e treatments until this is under control. If she tolerates HH capsules she could add in Zhang Artemesiae as there is supposed to be some cross cover for Bart but as she improves0- she will need to do antibiotics at some point for Bart (my opinion)-- docs also use Plaquenil/Zmax/Doxy (or TCN), Levaquin/Bactrim, Rifampin/Minocycline/Zithromax, Bactrim/Zmax