Giardiasis

Posted by jmkeough @jmkeough, May 9 6:03pm

I’m a person with a primary immunodeficiency who was infected years ago with giardiasis from my brother’s cat. Anyway, I have worked with an infectious disease specialist but to no avail. I still have it. I keep it in remission by eating a high fiber diet. It flares up from time to time. Is there any medication out to treat difficult giardiasis. I have tried everything under the sun. I heard that a woman with PI used a veterinary heart worm medication to get rid of it. She said it is not used anymore. Any ideas?

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Hello @jmkeough, Welcome to Connect. Here's some information I found on Mayo Clinic's site. I'm not sure if it's the same medication your doctors tried.

"What is the best treatment for Giardia?
Many people who do have problems often get better on their own in a few weeks. When signs and symptoms are severe or the infection persists, doctors usually treat giardia infection with medications such as: Metronidazole (Flagyl). Metronidazole is the most commonly used antibiotic for giardia infection. Jul 16, 2021"
— Giardia infection (giardiasis) – Diagnosis & Treatment: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/giardia-infection/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20372790

@irene5 and @athenalee have mentioned having giardiasis and may have some suggestions or information for you. Did the infectious disease specialist you saw start you on a specific treatment?

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Hello @jmkeough, Welcome to Connect. Here's some information I found on Mayo Clinic's site. I'm not sure if it's the same medication your doctors tried.

"What is the best treatment for Giardia?
Many people who do have problems often get better on their own in a few weeks. When signs and symptoms are severe or the infection persists, doctors usually treat giardia infection with medications such as: Metronidazole (Flagyl). Metronidazole is the most commonly used antibiotic for giardia infection. Jul 16, 2021"
— Giardia infection (giardiasis) – Diagnosis & Treatment: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/giardia-infection/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20372790

@irene5 and @athenalee have mentioned having giardiasis and may have some suggestions or information for you. Did the infectious disease specialist you saw start you on a specific treatment?

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I have had many treatments but none that have worked. I even had a drug that is no longer made. There is an immunology convention in town which I tried to sneak into without luck. They have had discussions about immunology and parasites.

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