Antibiotics 101

Most doctors ‘think’ that 14 days worth of Doxycycline will kill off the Lyme Borreliosis and that you’re healed. This may be the case if you are bitten, rip the tick off and high tail it to your doctor asap! Nothing could be further from the truth if you have had untreated Lyme for weeks, months or years.

If you are lucky, you may get IV antibiotics for up to a month. It depends on where you live and how understanding your doctor is. Lyme is often referred to as a ‘rich persons disease’. Believe me, nothing is worse than having chronic Lyme, being refused adequate treatment by your doctor and not having enough money to fund private treatment. One visit can cost hundreds if not thousands, IF you are lucky enough to find a LLMD (Lyme Literate Medical Doctor). In the US, it’s hard, but in the UK it is IMPOSSIBLE to find an LLMD that the GMC (General Medical Council) have not tried to destroy. You can (if you’re feeling brave) self-treat. There are many reputable online pharmacies that you can purchase antibiotics from, if that’s the route that you chose to take.

(Please note that not all co-infections can be erradicated with antibiotics, some require antimalarial drugs etc.)

Common Antibiotics Used in the Treatment of Lyme Borrelia (borreliosis)

Doxycycline. This antibiotic is effective against both Lyme disease and human granulocytic anaplasmosis (HGA) and so is the standard antibiotic for any patient over 8 years old (except pregnant women). Doxycycline cannot be used routinely in children under 8 years old. It is a form of tetracycline and as such discolors teeth and inhibits bone growth. It can also cause birth defects, so it should not be used during pregnancy.

Either amoxicillin (one of the penicillins) or cefuroxime (Ceftin) — a drug known as a cephalosporin — are the alternative treatments for young children and some adults. Amoxicillin is the first choice and also probably the best antibiotic for pregnant women. Unfortunately, many people are allergic to penicillin. In addition, strains of bacteria are emerging that are resistant to penicillins.

Intravenous ceftriaxone — another cephalosporin — may be warranted if there are signs of infection in the central nervous system (the brain or spinal region) or heart.
Other types of antibiotics, such as macrolides, are not normally used for first-line therapy.

Common Antiparasitic & Intracellular Drugs Used in Treating Babesia
(co-infection)

Atovaquone
Mepron
Malarone
Mefloquin
Lariam
Clindamycin
Quinine
Nitazoxanide (cyst busting)
Alinia (also works for Protomyxzoa Rheumatica)
Metronidazole (cyst busting)
Tinidazole (cyst busting)
Primaquin (extracellular drug, but has shown potential)

Common Drugs Used to Treat Ehrlichia (co-infection)

Doxycycline added to Zithromax
Minocycline added to Zithromax
Tetracycline added to Zithromax
Rifampin added to Zithromax

Mickie Stacey is the founder of Stop the Lyme Lies; a patient advocacy and information website for Lyme & MSIDS (Multisystemic Infectious Diseases Syndrome). She holds a BA (Hons) Arts & Humanities degree and is also a qualified Naturopathic Nutritionist. Mickie freelances for several online publications. When she’s not writing she enjoys printmaking and spending time with her family.

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