IV Antibiotics vs oral

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Lunacat13
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   Posted 2/10/2018 5:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, my dad is being treated with oral lymecycline and azithromycin. He had oral cefuroxime added 4 days ago. I just wondered if anyone had a better response to IV Antibiotics compared to oral. He is now on his 3rd month of treatment with only minimal improvement.

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Dahlias
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   Posted 2/10/2018 9:24 AM (GMT -6)   
From what I've heard (Dr. Bill Rawls I think is one who says this), IV is no more effective than oral -- it's generally only better if someone has GI trouble with the oral abx that will prevent absorption. Your dad is on a very good protocol. It can take time to see improvement with chronic Lyme, and there are ups and downs along the way. Wishing him healing soon.
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   Posted 2/10/2018 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Dr. J says in his practice - it's about 20% of his patients that he recommends.

One criteria he uses is cognitive ability. He asks how you're functioning on a 1-10 scale. (10 being how you were before)
6 or less and he suggests IV abx. He may order a SPECT scan


I was asked that question...I said on a bad day about a "6" and my husband said "2" - seriously?
The NP said to my husband that a "2" means I'm not able to function...and then he said "okay , a 4"

I gave him heck when we left the office. lol.
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Lunacat13
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   Posted 2/10/2018 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone. That's really informative.
Is Dr J the Dr J Burrascano? It's my father's cognitive ability that is the biggest problem. I will talk to my sisters but I would say his cognitive ability on a bad day could be 2-4. Where do you find these guidelines?

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   Posted 2/10/2018 1:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Not Dr. Burrascano - The "J" is his last name. His clinic is in Washington, DC.
The information isn't in guidelines, it's an interview he gave:

Here's the interview:





/www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDe0L-5yKvI
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Symp started April/2013; Buhner's Lyme May 15-July24/14; Igenex pos. July 3/14
Doxy: July 4-Aug.24/14;Zithro July26-Aug24/14; Amox + Proben. Aug. 29/14;
added biaxin Sept. 26/14
Disc. amox,added Ceftin Nov. 20th.;
Disc. biaxin added Buhner bart herbs Dec/14;Jan/15 pulsing Tinda (w/ Ceftin);
Abx/herb break Apr-July/15; July-mino; Aug. added Rif;
Nov./15 mino - to biaxi

Lunacat13
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   Posted 2/13/2018 1:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, that's a great help.
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