Rifamcin

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An antibiotic used to interfere with bacterial transformation from EB to RB. Most commonly used with TB. Should not be used for short courses.

Rifampicin/Rifampin Question - Need help!

Hit to all group members!

I have 2 questions regarding Rifampin which I started today.

1. can I take ursodiol together with rifampin?

 

2. Can I take moppers together with rifampin (Charcoal or cholestyramine)

 

Thanks a lot

All - at least mostly - in my head

Unexpectedly, in my 55th pulse, I got - as Jim K colorfully calls it - slammed.

Last Monday I returned home from an exciting week of over 6000 miles air travel and a wonderful visit in Palm Springs to see my daughter open her beautiful new veterinary clinic. I met some of her clients and patients and told many of them of our own ground-breaking site with its adventures. There is NO litter in Palm Springs. My home-coming was very different from those in the past in that I did not need "recovery days" after landing and then driving 170 miles home after a 15 hour all-day two flight day from coast to coast. Amazing.  Not only is there "one is never so blind as one who will not see", but there is never one as grateful as one who has been to hell and back.

The disappearing lesion

Since the early seventies, I have been able to make my body go numb. The first times I fell because I didn't know what was coming. I have been able to do this at will for many years, but took care not to fall down. Fortunately, the feeling always returned.

As stubbornness is the nature of us on this site, I have only listened to Richard in the last six or so months when he admonished me not to do that! I can also dislocate my hip but he says not to do that either! (Takes all the fun out of life - no?) (No)

So - what IS the point - simply put: the ability is gone. I cannot do it anymore AT ALL. Not even a tingle and certainly no numbness. Yes, the quiet improvements continue - and the energy is very, very nearly back to my norm or 55 years. Keep at it - it pays.

Chronicles of a Rifampinaut: Pulse 27, onward!

I began pulse 27 this morning with some nervousness since I still haven't fully recovered from pulse 26 back in August. I  decided that 60 days was enough time to recover, that any longer would increase the risk of making the pulse even worse then it may be.  So, here I am toda, pulsing away.

My doc and I agreed back in June to increae the dosage of Flagyli from the prevous 3x375mg/day x 5 days to 3x500mg/day x 5 days.  I suspect that had something to do with making pulse 26 that much harder although I pulsed in July with much less negative impact.  Pulse 26 just picked me up and cast me down, no other way to describe it.  Still haven't recoverd entirely from it.

Need a Word of Encouragement

A word of encouragement?? I haven't checked in for quite a while. Been doing ok, but have been undergoing Vitamin C IV treatments for 4 weeks followed by Rifampin 150mg twice a day for 4 days.  My energy is zapped and the Rifampin feels like poision to my body.

Rifampicin schedule question - please help

Hi Gangmembers!

I need some advice from the rifampicin experts.

I think of adding (rifampin/rifampicin) soon into my protocoll. One reason is that rifampin covers in combination even other bugs which I don t know of.(For example q fever)

So my question is , some people change from doxyi to rifampicin and some people add it to the regular azi,doxy, metroi protocoll.

Why this different schemes? I would like to stay on doxy200,azi250,metropulses and add the rifampicin on top. 

And there are different dosages of rifampin? 150x2 or 300 x2.

I read about fast resistance with rifampicin. So If I start with Rifampicin I have to stick with it for the rest of the capi?

The Unbroken Circle or: It's the Rifampin, Stupid

Last month I added Rifampin to my arsenal again, after taking it twice a day for sixteen months and stopping it in Jan., 06. A few things have happened since I started Rifampin a few weeks ago. I decided I should set them to paper while I am lucid (so to speak).

Blog by Proxy - Brenda

This is an update on/for Brenda. She was being seen by a nueurologist in Charlotte, NC, 2 1/2 years ago when I met her again after a number of years. We discovered that we both had MSi. She had been on ONLY Rifampin and flagyli, and at my urgent request, my doctor, who was taking no new patients, took her. She has been on Doxyi for about a year now in addition to Rifampin and flagyl. She called today to catch up on news and while we were talking about John (farandwide)and his rocky journey, she realized that she had just walked out into the yard to the workers doing repairs on her roof and then walked back. It hit her that she had forgotten her cane!

Chronicles of a Rifampinaut: the war continues at Pulse 26

On the eve of pulse 26, I can't help but reflect on some things that people here as well as in my day-to-day life have suggested to me.  The suggestions have been good, considerate ones, and I recognize that; however, I have decided not to take the suggestions, at least not yet.

What suggestions am I referring to?  I'm referring to the suggestion that I get a cane or a walker.  I refuse, outright, until I have no other choice.  And despite the hell I put myself through, I have a choice, and I choose to fight.

Hypertension improvement report

Hello, everyone. I 've been experiencing a GREAT improvement in my hypertension">i and decided it calls for a report here.

For a background info: I've been having high BP for about 10 years. It started around the same time with my hypothyrodism symptoms. I've been taking antihypertensives on a daily basis for the past 5 years. Last fall, prior to starting CAPi in Jan'08 my BP went out hand and even on medications it was often 160/100.

I've been on Cap  since begining of Jan'08. On my current protocol (Rifampin 600mg /day + Doxyi 100 mg x 2/day) since March. At first my BP was spiking a lot. Hypertension crises always were a part of my die-off reactions. My BP became more stable as I was improving in general with arthritis, fatigue, pains.

Antibiotics to be available without prescription

This is the news:  In England, possible antibioticsi to be sold over the counter, to treat CHLAMYDIA!

This is the story form http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2008/aug/06/health<

Oral antibiotics are to be made available for the first time without doctor's prescription under guidelines approved yesterday by the medicines regulator.

A pill to treat chlamydia, the most commonly diagnosed sexually transmitted infection, will become available for purchase in pharmacies across England later this year.

Chronicles of a Rifampinaut: stayin' alive on pulse 25

Day 3 of pulse 25 is well underway.  Over the weekend, I had two days of taking the higher dose of Metronidazolei and it continues today with 3 x 500mg, this time in pill form as opposed to the capsule form.  I can now say from first hand experience, there is a major difference between taking the capsule form and taking the pill form.  The pill form is NASTY.  Horrid, horrid taste!

I've started attempting to toss the pill back in my mouth to my throat in hopes of missing my tongue entirely and washing the bugger down.  Uggh!!  I had it easy with the capsule form!  Unfortunately, when my doc increased my dosage, he also increased the amount of pill prescribed so that I get a 4  month supply at a time.  Now, all in pill form....yuck!

Rifampin and food

I recently went back on rifampin, after having been off it for a while due to liver function test issues. The instructions for rifampin are to take it on an empty stomach; but being the lazy guy that I am, I decided to test whether I could get away with taking it with a breakfast of cereal and skim milk. The reasoning was that drug instructions are written to err on the side of caution, that it's unlikely that absolutely every food absorbs rifampin, and that with rifampin in particular, one can test whether it's being absorbed by looking at the urine, to see whether it gets turned the appropriate shade of red. In my case, taking it with that breakfast didn't seem to make much difference.

Chronicles of a Rifampinaut: Pulse 24

Day 2 of pulse 24.  Nothing remarkable to report, the pulse is going much the same as most of  my prior pulses have gone.  I have a bit of heaviness and burning in my legs but otherwise feel about the same as I did before the pulse.  This being the second day, that could easily change come Monday when the work week begins again, as does my work schedule.

I stopped INHi about three weeks ago and have been having less inflammationi.  What I had before made it really difficult to function on some days, I just wasn't able to get around the way I was before INH and since getting off of it.  I think the combination of abxi was just too much.  I even did two pulses while on continuous INH.  Better to scale back a bit.

5th month on CAP - long overdue update.

I was going to post updates with my progress monthly but having being overwhelmed with trying to keep up with life and treatment, I am way  behind.

Anyway, here I go. I started back in Jan'08 with big doses of CAPi (3 abxi) and after extremely severe die-off reactions and stopping a couple of times, I re-started nice and slow in Feb'08, adding 1 abxi at the time, making small changes and ramping up.  

Finally on full doses of current protocol - Rifampin 600 mg/day and Doxyi 100 mg x 2/day - since mid-March. 

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