A 42-year-old member asked:
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can you tell me about it's like to use mepron (atovaquone) antibiotic for chronic lyme disease?

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Dr. Jane Eason
32 years experience Infectious Disease
Atovaquone: Atovaquone is NOT used to treat Lyme disease. It is used as part of a regimen to treat Babesiosis, an infection which is also transmitted by the tick that transmits Lyme disease. If you have been diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease you should be under the care of an infectious disease specialist.
Answered on May 7, 2016
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Dr. William Lages
67 years experience Rheumatology
Used for Babesia,: Mepron or atovaquone is used to treat the parasite Babesia, often in combination with azithromycin. It has not been shown by blinded studies to be effective in chronic lyme disease.
Answered on Dec 20, 2014
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Dr. Susan Rhoads
37 years experience Family Medicine
Dr. Lage is right. It is also used for toxoplasmosis, and (with proguanil) for malaria. and some have used it for pneumocystis carinii. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atovaquone
Nov 28, 2014

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