These drugs can help stop your immune system from attacking your joints, which means less joint pain, swelling, and damage. But biologics also have some risks. These are 10 questions to ask your doctor.
Why do you think I should take this medication?
Do I need any tests before starting on this medicine?
How is this drug given?
Will I take other medicines with it?
How soon will I start to feel better?
Will insurance pay for this drug? Are there programs that will help?
Which drug you’re prescribed will depend on your age. Your doctor will also take into account if you’re pregnant or nursing. You’ll need to take this medicine for 10 to 21 days.
The earlier Lyme disease is found, the better. Most people who start treatment in this stage improve quickly. If not, your doctor may need to prescribe another course of antibiotics.
Treatment for Late-Stage Lyme Disease
If there are signs that the Borrelia burgdoferi bacteria has spread to your central nervous system, you can still be treated with antibiotics. The difference is that the medicine will be given to you directly into a vein (IV). This allows it to go right into your bloodstream and start working.
Most people receive medicine by IV for 2 to 3 weeks. During this time, your doctor will also try to ease some of your symptoms and any pain you’re in. This could involve physical therapy, antidepressants, changes to your diet or types of stretching like yoga.
It’s likely this treatment will get rid of the bacteria that’s making you sick. Still, it could take some time for your symptoms to go away.
IV antibiotics also come with side effects. These can include diarrhea and a low white blood cell count, which makes it hard for your body to fight off other infections.