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Doctor insights on: Long Term Antibiotic Use For Lyme Disease

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Dr. John Leander Po
1,117 doctors shared insights

Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


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Was is the safest long term systemic treatment for psoriasis?

Was is the safest long term systemic treatment for psoriasis?

Varies on severity: Small patches may respond well to various potencies of steroid cream, vit.D-like drugs, or vit a-derived meds. Larger areas of involvement may require immunosuppressant therapy like Methotrexate or new immune-modulator drugs like infliximab, etanercept, etc. The latter drugs have many side effects and precautions; so you should be under the care of a specialist in those. ...Read more

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Which antibiotic is most effictive for cureing long term uti?

Which antibiotic is most effictive for cureing long term uti?

No cure -treatment: The most commonly used antibiotics for treating recurrent urinary tract infections (utis) are Nitrofurantoin (aka macrobid) and trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole, which are cheap + usually well tolerated. But, it's important to try to learn why utis keep occurring + the doctor may want to do some studies. Also, prevention through good toilet hygiene + fully emptying bladder often enough is also key. ...Read more

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What are long term effects of untreated Lyme disease?

What are long term effects of untreated Lyme disease?

Highly variable: Some with untreated lyme disease have minimal or no symptoms- a healthy person with a strong immune system can co-exist with it. Others can have devastating symptoms: fatigue, muscle/joint pains ; neurological symptoms ranging from poor memory/concentration to symptoms that mimic ms or als. Those with genetic susceptibilities, co-infections, toxic exposures, stress etc. Will have worse symptoms. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use ceftin (cefuroxime) long term (1 year+) as an acne treatment?

Is it safe to use ceftin (cefuroxime) long term (1 year+) as an acne treatment?

Yes: If it's working, keep it up. Other antibiotics may work as well, or as you get older a topical agent such as Clindamycin may prove sufficient. I needed oral tetracycline for 25 years and am grateful for it. ...Read more

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How long does it take for Lyme disease fever to go down with oral antibiotic therapy?

Depends: If you caught the disease early, in stage 1 with the initial fever and rash, fever should resolve within a couple of days of starting the antibiotic. If the disease had progressed further before treatment was initiated, it may take a lot longer to become fever free - even 10-14 days. Make sure you don't skip doses and let your doc know if any new symptoms or you're not feeling better. ...Read more

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Is lotemax (loteprednol) safe for regular, long term use for allergies?

Is lotemax (loteprednol) safe for regular, long term use for allergies?

Probably not: Lotemax (loteprednol) is a steroid eye drop. Typically steroid eye drops are used short term for severe eye allergies. With long term use is the potential for glaucoma, cataracts and additional risks if a person gets an infection in their eye. Check with your eye doctor for a better long term medication. ...Read more

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Is taking 5mg of deltasone (prednisone) daily for allergies considered fairly safe for long term use?

Is taking 5mg of deltasone (prednisone) daily for allergies considered fairly safe for long term use?

No: Chronic Prednisone usage will create major risks for you even at a dose of 5 mg daily. They increase infection, poor wound healing, cataracts, osteoporosis and arteriosclerosis among other issues. I strongly urge you to consult an allergist and use more appropriate and safer therapies. ...Read more

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Has anyone used mepron (atovaquone) for chronic Lyme disease?

Has anyone used mepron (atovaquone) for chronic Lyme 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. ...Read more

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Which nsaid is safest for long term usage in patients with IBS & gerd?

Which nsaid is safest for long term usage in patients with IBS & gerd?

None safe: Unfortunately, none of the NSAID are safe for long term use. They can cause life-threatening ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding, may increase the risk for heart attacks or strokes, and they don’t interact well with drugs used to treat heart failure. They can make high blood pressure worse, even uncontrollable, and impair kidney function. ...Read more

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Is zithromax good for Lyme disease?

Is zithromax good for Lyme disease?

Yes.: . It may do well. Irrespective, you should be on a 3 month course of doxycline 100 mg bid, which is both the cdc 's recommended therapy for all stages of lyme disease. ...Read more

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How long does the initial fever w/ lymes disease last?

How long does the initial fever w/ lymes disease last?

Lyme disease: Fever from lyme disease starts from 2 days after the tick bite to a few weeks . It usually starts with mild fever , fatigue, headache, muscle joint pains and at times swollen glands and a bulls -eye rash ( red rash with a central clear area) . These are early stage features and short . Not every one will have a fever. Lots of other symtoms develop once early stage clears. ...Read more

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Is low globulin count due to long term use of doxycycline hyclate 150mg?

Is low globulin count due to long term use of doxycycline hyclate 150mg?

Doubtful: But possible. Check with your doctor regularly and have blood work to make sure improving. There may be other causes and most of the time this isn't a worrisome issue unless severe or getting worse and worse. ...Read more

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Is taking steroids for autoimmune disorder inflammation going to have long term health effects? Currently taking prednisone.

Is taking steroids for autoimmune disorder inflammation going to have long term health effects?
Currently taking prednisone.

Yes long term steroi: Long term prednisone is a corticosteroid. It his long-term side effects, including bone loss, osteoporosis, diabetes, cataracts, fractures, Ostenecrosis, weight gain, elevated cholesterol, and a variety of others. You need to discuss with your physician, see what medicines you can take to decrease the dose of corticosteroids, you need to see a rheumatologist to help through this ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Lyme Disease (Definition)

A tick-borne illness caused by the bacterium borrelia burgdorferi that results in symptoms of fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin ...Read more