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Treatment While antibiotics are essential in treating Lyme dis- Allopathic treatment ease buy 300 mg omnicef with mastercard, many alternative therapies may minimize symp- toms omnicef 300mg free shipping, improve the immune response buy 300mg omnicef with mastercard, and help treat late For most patients, oral antibiotics (doxycycline or disseminated or chronic disease. The doctor may guidelines include drinking plenty of fluids and eating have to adjust the treatment regimen or change medica- cooked whole grains and fresh vegetables. Antibiotics can sugar, fat, refined carbohydrates, and dairy products kill Bb only while it is active, rather than while it is dor- should be reduced. When symptoms indicate nervous system involve- Lyme disease include: ment or a severe episode of Lyme disease, intravenous antibiotic (ceftriaxone) may be given for 14–30 days. Formulae used to treat systemic bac- Some physicians consider intravenous ceftriaxone the terial infections include Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin (Five-In- best therapy for any late manifestation of disease, but gredient Decoction to Eliminate Toxin), Yin Hua Jie Du treatments for late Lyme disease are still controversial Tang (Honeysuckle Decoction to Relieve Toxicity), and as of 2003. Inflammation at the site of infection may be treated externally with Yu Lu San (Jade Dew Extract) or Expected results Jin Huang San (Golden Yellow Powder). Specific Chi- nese herbs and treatments can be used for specific If aggressive antibiotic therapy is given early, and symptoms. For examples, for systemic bacterial infec- the patient cooperates fully and sticks to the medica- tion, one may use honeysuckle flower, forsythia, isa- tion schedule, recovery should be complete. Acupuncture and small percentage of Lyme disease patients fail to re- ear acupuncture treatments are also utilized. Co-infection with other nacea species) to clear infection and boost the immune infectious organisms spread by ticks in the same areas system, goldenseal ( Hydrastis canadensis) to clear in- as Bb (babesiosis and ehrlichiosis, for instance) may fection and boost the immune system, garlic to clear be responsible for treatment failures or more severe bacterial infection, and spilanthes (Spilanthes species) symptoms. The joint pain associated with Lyme ported with Lyme disease involved patients coinfected disease can be treated with hydrotherapy. A vaccine for Lyme disease known as LYMErix was • See a physician for any sort of rash or patchy discol- available from 1998 to 2002, when it was removed from oration that appears 3–30 days after a tick bite. The decision was influenced by reports that LYMErix may be responsible for neuro- Resources logic complications in vaccinated patients. Researchers from Cornell-New York Hospital presented a paper at the BOOKS annual meeting of the American Neurological Associa- “Bacterial Diseases Caused by Spirochetes: Lyme Disease tion in October 2002 that identified nine patients with (Lyme Borreliosis). Whitehouse Sta- April 2003, the National Institute of Allergy and Infec- tion, NJ: Merck Research Laboratories, 2002. Surviving Lyme Disease Using Alternative searchers at Yale University School of Medicine to de- Medicine. Coping With Lyme Disease: A Prac- 2003, the best prevention strategy is through minimizing tical Guide to Dealing With Diagnosis and Treatment. Minimizing risk of exposure Precautions to avoid contact with ticks include PERIODICALS moving leaves and brush away from living quarters.

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Neurological and cardiovascu- Ganciclovir is not metabolized appreciably and is elim- lar signs such as paresthesia discount omnicef 300mg otc, tetany proven omnicef 300 mg, arrhythmias order omnicef 300mg on-line, and inated by glomerular filtration and active tubular secre- seizures may result from these mineral imbalances. Its rate of elimination is inversely proportional to Anemia and granulocytopenia occur fairly commonly creatinine clearance. The half-life of ganciclovir following oral valganci- due to high levels of ionized drug in the urine. The intracellular studies in rats indicate a lack of carcinogenicity, cell cul- half-life of ganciclovir triphosphate is over 24 hours. The safety of foscarnet during childhood, pregnancy, and lactation Clinical Uses has not been established. Foscarnet should not be used in combination with Intravenous ganciclovir is indicated for the treatment drugs that cause renal toxicity (e. Abnormal renal including those with AIDS, and for the prevention of function has been noted when foscarnet is used with ri- CMV infection in organ transplant recipients. Pentamidine may ciclovir is less effective than the intravenous prepara- increase the risk of nephrotoxicity, hypocalcemia, and tion but carries a lower risk of adverse effects. It is 574 VI CHEMOTHERAPY approved for the prevention of CMV disease in im- junctiva, and cornea. Ganciclovir is also available as an intravitreal implant (Vitrasert) for the treatment of Adverse Effects, Contraindications, CMV retinitis in AIDS patients. Neutropenia oside that has in vitro activity against HSV-1 and HSV- and anemia have been reported in 25 to 30% of pa- 2, vaccinia, and to a lesser extent, some adenoviruses. Trifluridine ganciclovir treatment, and dosage adjustment is re- monophosphate inhibits the conversion of deoxyuri- quired for patients with renal impairment. In animal dine monophosphate (dUMP) to deoxythymidine studies, ganciclovir causes decreased sperm production, monophosphate (dTMP) by thymidylate synthetase. Ganciclovir may cause severe neutropenia when been found to have alterations in thymidylate syn- used in combination with zidovudine. Idoxuridine Clinical Uses Idoxuridine (Herplex) is a water-soluble iodinated deriv- Trifluridine is administered as a topical ophthalmic solu- ative of deoxyuridine that inhibits several DNA viruses tion for the treatment of primary keratoconjunctivitis including HSV, VZV, vaccinia, and polyoma virus. It is not triphosphorylated metabolite of idoxuridine inhibits effective in the prophylaxis of these infections; however, both viral and cellular DNA synthesis and is also incor- it is effective in treating patients who were unresponsive porated into DNA. Because of its significant host cytotoxicity, idoxuri- Adverse Effects, Contraindications, dine cannot be used to treat systemic viral infections. The most frequent adverse reactions to trifluridine ad- Absorption, Metabolism, and Excretion ministration are transient burning or stinging and palpebral edema.

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