A 46-year-old member asked:
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has anyone used mepron (atovaquone) for chronic lyme disease?

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Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Mepron (atovaquone): This is the brand name for atovaquone, an antiparasitic drug used occasionally in patients with tick borne illnesses when coinfection with babesia microti may be present and Azithromycin is used in combination. Not aware that Atovaquone is active against borellia burgdorfi, but if you go on line you can find testaments to its efficacy for almost anything. Be skeptical.
Answered on Jun 24, 2014
Dr. Randy Baker
40 years experience Holistic Medicine
Helps babesia: Mepron (atovaquone) is not helpful for lyme disease, acute or chronic, but does treat babesia. Up to 70% of those with chronic lyme may also be infected with babesia (& many are also infected with bartonella). Those with co-infections often have more symptoms from these than lyme itself. It is easier to eradicate the co-infections than lyme & treating co-infections is an essential component of treating lyme.
Answered on Jun 28, 2014

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