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Hi jwick25. What dose of Doxy will you be taking? Doxy is not effective for Babesiosis. Babesiosis is similar to malaria and needs to be treated with an anti-malarial (often Mepron) together with an antibotic (Zithromax, Biaxin, or Ketek).

I highly recommend seeing a Lyme knowledgeable doctor and being properly evaluated for all tick-borne illnesses.

If you take the Doxy, there are a few tips to know about it. Do not have any dairy, iron, or magnesium products within two hours of taking it, or it will not be absorbed properly. If it makes you nauseous, eat something substantial and non-dairy before taking it. It helped me to eat a sandwich with some kind of protein. Avoid the sun. You can get a severe burn in minutes even when wearing sunscreen. Do not lay down for at least an hour after taking it or you can ulcerate your esophagus. This is really painful! Drink a full glass of water when you take it for the same reason.

Whenever you take any antibiotics, make sure you take high-quality acidophilus capsules. They replace the good bacteria and help prevent yeast overgrowth. The best kind to get are refrigerated and have a high culture count (such as 10 billion). Most healthfood stores have them.

Be aware of the Jarisch-Herxheimer Reaction (herx). Often when people who have Lyme take antibiotics, their symptoms get worse or they get new ones. When the antibiotics kill the bacteria, toxins are released making them feel sicker. It can be scary when it happens, but it is a good sign the antibiotics are working. Although it varies individually, many people experience this reaction at the beginning or change of treatment and every three to four weeks. You may experience this if you also have Lyme disease.

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