Azithromycin and CFS
Why is it these studies appear to not always ask "all the right questions". I found this one (done in 2006) on the effects of Azith on CFS patients.
What's funny is, it was concluded: "They (the patients) improved only to an estimated maximum of 80% of their premorbid capacity".. hey 80% is pretty good when you've got CFS. And, this was on 500 mg of Azith for 3 consecutive days for (only) 6 weeks (monotherapy). Of course, we don't really know how incapacitated these patients were..... but it doesn't really matter, 80% is pretty significant.
Second point in the conclusion was "there are two explanations for the improvement by azithromycin: a reduction of bacterial load or the immune modulating effect of macrolides." I wonder if they pre-tested for any types of infection???
I don't get what they were actually looking for... just to see if ABX helped?? Studies like these sure don't get circulated to the doc's do they? Most physicians don't give Azith to CFS patients to see if it helps them..... they'd rather give antidepressants.
For what it's worth... :)