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.

Merry-Go-Round

No my name is not Merry, but I do feel like I have been going around and round. I have been on the protocol for 3 weeks; and boy the ups and downs are like the horse that goes up and down on the endless carnival ride.

Upon entering the gate and giving the man my tickets, I was a little nervous but climbed aboard the stead.  I knew from my friends before me that the ride would be amazing, full of fright and giggles.  WEEEEEH down the hatch was my Rifampin. I noticed the difference the 2nd day. How unbelievable the start and what took me so long to get my ticket?

Hypoglycemia and how do you manage?

I am on Doxycycline 100 mg x2/day since 01/14/08. Before Doxy I started with Minocycline/Rifampin CAPi but had to stop in a few days due to severe reactions and overwhelming hypoglycemia as well. Now, on Doxy, hypoglycemia continues. I was feeling good for a couple of days earlier this week but on Wed evening relapsed with weakness, tiredness, shaking/shivering due to feeling cold, tachycardia, BP's up, nausea, hunger and so on. Most of the Thu I felt waves of the same effects and had to leave work. Today, Fri, I am feeling much better but I have to eat something every 2 hrs to keep re-occurrence of hypoglycemia away.

Antibiotics - Categories - Ineractions with Supplements - Probiotics - Vitamin K

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Michele 'Fighting' Findlay reaches another milestone...

Another milestone has been reached, I've just finsihed my 30th pulse, and I have a few observations which I think are worth recording and communicating.

From the beginning I have been taking 200mg Doxycycline daily and 250mg Azithromycin MWF continuously and done a 5 day flagyli pulse every three weeks, so I would take 1200mg flagyl on MTWTF of one week and take the following week-end and the next two complete weeks off.

In that time the alopecia recovered to so such an extent that I need to go to the hairdresser once more. The hair still goes through phases of falling out, but the balance is on regrowth.

Timing, Routine, Schedule - Kim's gonna slap me

You might know from Kim's blog that we got the scripts and are now working to get them filled.  We are very excited, you have no idea, well maybe you do, I'm sure you do. 

Embarking on CAP - what do you think of this protocol?

Last Fri I saw my new dr who is an integrative MD specializing in Lyme. Very nice, compassionate and down to earth person. The appt was early morning when I am not yet in my best shape. I was so exhausted and brained fogged, my BP was soaring 170/110 so that my hubby had to drive me over and was a big support at the dr's office as well. 

Antibiotics and antimicrobials; tablets vs capsules when available and generic vs brand names

My question primarily is from a user perspective, regarding the cost/vs side effects  of purchasing brand name capsules vs tablet forms when there is a choice. 

Cost seems to often be in favor of the tablet form. 

For those with no stomach distress with the capsules, seems either might be fine. 

For those with stomach respsonse to the capsules (such as myself) I have now realized that I do have a choice of the tablet form,

as well as a higher priced choice of another brand name Doryx that is reported to have less stomach response symptoms. Reported to be newer and more costly than either the tablet generic or the capsule generic.

Pulse 17 + Rifampin

I began pulse 17 this morning with a little bit of angst.  I'm taking a trip at the beginning on November and have been a little concerned with the idea of pulsing while on my trip.  I've come to the conclusion that I'll delay a week and pulse the following weekend.  That's probably a good idea since if I stay on schedule I'll be pulsing over New Year's Eve which I would rather not do.

Anyhow, pulse 17 begins this morning.  I have little news to report, things continue as they have.  The ups and downs of walking continue though I remember that during pulse 16 there were more ups than downs so I'm hoping that pulse 17 will follow suit.

Chronicles of a Rifampinaut vol.1

I thought I would post an update on how things have gone these last couple of weeks.  Nothing astounding really, just a continuation of things.  I have noticed that I do have a reaction to Rifampin, occasionally, that is akin to an endotoxic reaction I had initially on NAC.  It is occasional only and much of the time I don't notice anything.

I went and had my first blood test on the fifth week of taking Rifampin.  It came back wtih good results so I'm still on the Rifampin train.

ExRacer’s MS History – A life-long un-diagnosed trip

  I am gradually starting the protocol for MS.  It is impossible to recount my history strictly chronologically because of so much overlap, but I will do my best.

pulse 16 + Rifampin

I'm on the eve of my first nervous pulse since starting the protocol, oh these 18 months ago.  Pulse 16 is ahead, to begin on Saturday.  I'm a bit nervous because there have been people here who mentioned that doing a pulse while on Rifampin was rough in comparison to doing it while not on Rifampin.

Maybe I shouldn't be worried?  Really, there hasn't been anything dramatic in a negative sense since I started Rifampin.  I've had a couple of bad days but more likely those were due to weather (it was hot) or having my gym schedule disrupted so that I didn't go for some reason.

a reaction, is it Rifampin? hmm...

Okay, I thought I would record this so that I don't forget about it down the road.  I awoke today to what I believe is a reaction to Rifampin.  Given that I'm also on Doxyi and Azi, it's hard to know, but I took them for 15 - 18 months and never had anything like this, so, God only knows and he's not piping up.

In any case, I woke up to heaviness in my legs, which I think I had one day last week.  Curiously, this was the morning after the day I take off from the gym, in the middle of the week.  I wonder if excercising and excretion of toxins in sweat, and pushing more blood through the liver are the difference.  Anyway, the heaviness in the legs has declined over the course of the day, though it's still present to a lesser degree.

Rifampin, +1 week

I've completed my first week of Rifampin.  I think it's gone well; however, I don't claim any dramatic improvements this soon.  It's very early for anything different to happen, if it ever does.  But I'm continuing on with it and will keep an eye on myself and how I'm responding to things. 

I have about two more weeks until my 16th pulse of metronidazolei.  I'm a bit skittish about how that will go as there have been reports that it makes the pulse much more difficult.  I hope that's not the case, but then again, if it is the case it will be progress.

on a new one, so we begin, so we continue

I finally did it today, I started Rifampin.  As a side note, I've been referring to it as Rifampicin, it's Rifampin.  I got the product information sheet from my pharmacy when the prescription was filled (thanks to Rica's suggestion).  I read the entire thing and it was very informative.  I note that the product information sheet talks about using Rifampin and INHi together so it's not unusual to be taking both at the same time.  I suppose one could say taking those plus doxyi plus azi plus pulsing with flagyli would be just a little over the top in their eyes though, lol!

Antibiotics useful against CPn which cross the blood brain barrier well?

I recently recovered some information from the former web site of Dr. Sririam pertaining to the usefullness of antibioticsi against Cpni and which ones will cross the blood brain barrier.  What I don't know is how accurate this information is or why some antibiotics that appear to be less effective at crossing the blood  brain barrier were chosen.  Why the latter question?  Because at least one of the doctors who have devised protocolsi did so with the specific objective of treating Multiple Sclerosisi, a neurological disease.  Crossing the blood brain barrier is critical in the success of such a treatment.

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