LYME DISEASE: What’s the harm in giving antibiotics just to be safe?
Excerpted from the New Haven Register ( Posted: 06/21/2012)
Antibiotics are wonder drugs, but they cause side effects like any other medication, said Dr. Eugene Shapiro, professor of pediatrics, epidemiology, and investigative medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. Most often the side effects are not life-threatening, but they are sometimes fatal.
The journal Clinical Infectious Diseases reported a worst-case response to antibiotics in 2000.
A 30-year-old woman died in the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., after being diagnosed with Lyme disease and given the antibiotic cefotaxime through a catheter for 27 months. The catheter, which was placed in a vein near her heart, became infected with a species of yeast. A clot at the tip of the catheter became lodged in her heart, an autopsy showed. Clinical Infectious Diseases also reported the death of a 52-year-old Minnesota woman in 2009, after she had undergone five weeks of a planned two- to four-month course of the antibiotics cefuroxime and telithromycin