Antibiotics Treatment for Lyme Disease
There is much dispute about the effectiveness of long term antibiotics. Lyme patients seem to be in the center of a war between the IDSA who says Lyme is easily treated with 3 weeks of antibiotics and other Lyme Organizations such as ILADS which say long term treatment with antibiotics is necessary. Read more about the controversy here.
We have seen cases in which doctors only prescribed two pills of Doxycyclene for an acute case of Lyme disease, and we have seen cases where ‘Lyme doctors” prescribed iv antibiotics through a picc line or port for a number of years for chronic cases. Despite what either ILADS or IDSA guidelines say, many Lyme patients are remaining sick. Many turning to natural or alternative treatments or using both western medicine along with other homeopathic remedies and alternative treatments.
See Antibiotic Guidelines for Treating Lyme Disease Here
- ILADS updated Guideline Recommendations
- ILADS Treatment Guidelines are now Summarized on the National Guildeline Clearinghouse Website
- Lyme Treatment Guidelines by Dr Burrascano
Oral antibiotics are pills or capsules that you take by mouth, such as Doxycyclene, Azithromycin or Amoxicillin.
These are antibiotics you get through and i.v. They can be short term or long term.
A picc line is a peripherally inserted central catheter. It is an inserted catheter into your vein that allows for intravenous access that can be used for a prolonged period of time. Many Lyme patients need iv antibiotics for long periods, months sometimes years, so they get “picc lines.” Usually it is put in the patient’s arm in a hospital while patient is awake with local anesthesia.
A Port Line is a type of central line that has an intravenous line that terminates into a major vessel near the heart. It has a small reservoir which is under the skin and which is accessed by a special needle when a patient has to receive chemotherapy or antibiotics for a long time. The PORT reservoir is implanted completely under the skin. A PORT has to be implanted by a physician under local anesthesia.
A central line is inserted in the chest and extends into a major vessel. Similar to a PICC, except that the end of the line and lumen are on the outside of the chest, instead of on the outside of the arm.
Disclaimer: As with any Lyme disease or other chronic illness treatments, there are good experiences and bad experiences. We at whatislyme.com do not promote or endorse any treatments. We are just collecting data and experiences and bringing them to you to help you start researching and educating yourself. We hope this information will help you and your medical provider find the right healing tools for you.