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June 14th, 2006
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At a public library in Mojave, Calif. (mile 558) - not much time.

I did some research here. Turns out that cipro does, well, absolutely nothing for giardia. The layover did help, but it was probably the rest. I do have a bottle of furazolidone, which is the actual giardia treatment. But. I was silly and sent it in my bounce box to Kennedy Meadows, which is another 150 miles north o' here.

So ... er. If anyone is within driving distance of Mojave, and is willing to do me a biiiiiig favor, please give (530) 798-3922 a call and leave me a message. I'll check voicemail later tonight. And I'll probably be laid over in Mojave a day or two in any case.

The good news is, Imodium at least controls the primary symptom (the diarrhea) pretty well. The fatigue is getting to me off and on, but I've made some progress in the meantime -- another 100 miles down, and the worst stretch of desert is now behind me. More details in a phone post later, unless I can find an internet cafe.

Current Location: Mojave, Calif.
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From:roaminrob
Date:June 15th, 2006 03:37 am (UTC)
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There appears to be some confusion in the medical profession over Cipro's effectiveness against Giardia. As near as I can tell, it's one of those, "Well, it shouldn't work, but it does" deals.

As you're undoubtedly also discovering, Giardia is an exceptionally robust little bugger with multiple natural defenses, not the least of which is a resilient cyst life cycle stage, and a super-cool protein cloaking device in its cellular wall which does a brilliant job of confusing the hell out of your natural immune system.

I'm surprised you've got furazolidone. According to Medline, "Furazolidine is no longer available in the U.S. If you are currently taking furazolidine, you should call your doctor to discuss switching to another treatment." They don't explain why, though. A couple of other websites also mention that it's been discontinued, and also don't explain why.

Hell, maybe you should just start downing bottles of Jack?
From:tropism
Date:June 15th, 2006 04:26 am (UTC)
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I was looking around and couldn't figure out why -- but then I saw something about the use of that medication in cats, and it said that it should not be used in pregnant cats. I'm guessing that they're no longer using it for humans because it causes some kind of problems with pregnancies -- which is a stupid goddamned reason to pull an effective drug from the market, but, with today's sociopolitical climate, what can you do?
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From:roaminrob
Date:June 15th, 2006 04:50 am (UTC)
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...with today's sociopolitical climate, what can you do?

Start over.
From:tropism
Date:June 15th, 2006 05:16 am (UTC)
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It hasn't gotten bad enough for people to rally to do so en masse.
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From:natetg
Date:June 15th, 2006 04:56 am (UTC)
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Make sure that the drug is sufficently profitable that the Pharmacos lobby for it?
Accutane is *bad* news for human pregnancies, and apparently, is associated with suicidal ideation, but it's still commonly used.
From:tropism
Date:June 15th, 2006 05:15 am (UTC)
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Yeah, but with the most recent sally of advisories from the FDA, all potentially fertile women are supposed to be treated as potentially pregnant -- which is horrible news for women between the ages of 12 and 50 who have their ovaries.
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From:necama
Date:June 15th, 2006 06:39 am (UTC)
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That's probably the real point. Giardia probably isn't too common an ailment, so I wonder if it's profitable to make drugs to treat it. And, as Rob pointed out, Giardia is a fairly hardy little bugger, so I can't imagine that drugs to fight it are too easy to make anyway.
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From:elynne
Date:June 15th, 2006 07:23 pm (UTC)
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Not much help, and you probably already know this, but DRINK LOTS OF WATER. Preferably water that does not contain more Giardia. :P

Also, *hughughug* and *besthealingwishes*.
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From:jrrhack
Date:June 16th, 2006 02:19 pm (UTC)
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fur-azolidone - sounds like a furry medicine =D
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