The medication I took that completely cured my asthma
First dose of medication June, 1996
The medication I was prescribed consisted of 36 – 250 mg capsules of Azithromycin (also known as Zithromax) by Pfizer. This was only enough to last for 9 weeks and not nearly enough to cure my asthma.
Every Saturday for 9 weeks I took 500 mg (2 x 250 mg capsules) in the morning and another 500mg (2x 250 mg capsules) in the evening. In other words This dosage was 1000 mg of azithromycin once a week, for 9 weeks.
After the first dose I still had asthma and didn’t seem to be that much better. I was disappointed and once again contacted Dr. Hahn to ask if it would be reasonable to take more of the antibiotic. He said that it often takes more than one treatment so that advice was passed along to my local doctor.
The second dose of medication
antibiotics was then prescribed which lasted another 5 weeks and again every Saturday 1000 mg of Zithromax was taken. It was 2x 250mg capsules in the morning and 2x 250mg capsules at night This medication dose was 1000 mg once a week, for 5 more weeks.
Even after this second medication dose, my asthma was still with me for several more months. Fortunately, my immune system finished the job that the antibiotics started and several months later I was completely cured and asthma free. Gamma Globulin was prescribed by one doctor for a teenage patient who relapsed after treatment. The patient is in Dr. Hahn’s book. The Gamma globulin strengthened her immune system and now she is completely cured.
To summarize …
My entire Azithromycin / Zithromax antibiotic regimen lasted 14 weeks and consisted of 1000 mg once a week (4x 250 mg capsules).
An Important Note
There is an emerging consensus by doctors who believe more than 14 weeks of antibiotics are often needed. The group at cpnhelp.org are firm believers that a year with multiple antibiotics are necessary. They use the research of Dr. David Wheldon who cured his wife of MS with long term antibiotics to kill Chlamydia pneumoniae. Dr. Hahn’s regimen worked very well for so many people including me but these other regimens have also proven themselves for some individuals.
Dr. Wagshul of Miamisburg Ohio prescribes a stronger regimen of antibiotics (he prescribes Azithromycin AND Doxycyline for a year. He claims 99% success rate completely curing asthma in his patients and he explained to me why it’s safe to take the antibiotics for that duration.
Every case is unique and without a doubt, much more research is needed to answer all these questions. I’m no expert but present these other theories because so many have difficulty eradicating the Chlamydia pneumoniae. Watching the videos on biofilms to see how these bacteria can wreak havoc in our bodies. One thing that’s clear is the payoff is worth it when you finally eradicate the bacteria from your body.
In reading research about chlamydia pneumoniae and mycoplasma, there’s been more and more information out there indicating they may be responsible for a lot more than just asthma. They are prime suspects in causing some extremely serious medical afflictions. COPD, ALS (Lou Gehrigs Disease), RA (Reactive arthritis), MS (Multiple Sclerosis), Heart Disease, CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), and others. And there’s more and more research out there every day to back this up. The bacteria can be a time bomb in your body just waiting for the right opportunity to take up residence in various body tissues.
Azithromycin / Zithromax / Zpack
Azithromycin is a long-acting macrolide antibiotic that works by interfering with the protein synthesis of the bacteria. Zithromax is the generic version of Azithromycin. Azithromycin reaches peak effect in a little over two hours.You could notice a slight relief in symptoms directly corresponding to this 2 hour time frame. Relief of symptoms then tapers off slowly over the next couple of days. This is also in keeping with the remarkably long half-life of 62 hours for the Azithromycin. Any slight side-effects also seemed to taper off at the same rate.
Azithromycin usually comes in 250 mg capsules or tablets in packs of 6.
Generic Azithromycin Generic azithromycin is sold under the names Azithromycin tablets and Azithromycin oral suspension (liquid). Some available strengths of Azithromycin tablets include 250 mg, 500 mg, and 600 mg. The oral suspension form of the drug also comes in a number of strengths, including 100 mg/5 mL and 200 mg/5 mL. A few of the companies that manufacture generic azithromycin include Sandoz, Teva Pharmaceuticals, and Pliva.
Antibiotics can kill the “good bacteria” in your stomach. Some people go to a health food store and purchase acidophilus to replace the flora in your stomach. Otherwise you could get diarrhea or loose stools after a week or two. Acidophillus is the bacteria used to make yogurt, so you can eat yogurt as well. I never had any problems and did not take this but many people have since we’re all biologically unique.
Last but not least … these are the vitamin supplements taken while on the antibiotics.
They may have or may not have helped but this is what I took:
Vitamin E – regular dose of standard vitamin E
Futurebiotics makes a vitamin called Garlic, Echinacea, GoldenSeal+ which were taken just before the antibiotics and continued taking for about 2 years. This is a good vitamin and a natural antibiotic. If I was to recommend one vitamin in the battle against Chlamydia pneumoniae then this would be the one.
Vitamin C – took plenty of vitamin C drinking the fresh orange juice down here in Florida and supplemented with occasional vitamin C tablets.
My diet also underwent changes. Red meat was cut from the diet and I also cut back on sugar. This may or may not have had anything to do with my getting better, but you never know.
Recently I’ve read that Vitamin D3 can be a tremendous help for people using long term antibiotics in the fight against Chlamydia pneumoniae Dr. David Wheldon who works with MS patients believes a vitamin D deficiency may make you more susceptible to Chlamydia pneumoniae infection. The good news is that early 1996 was the last time I needed any asthma medicine. Going through some files my wife keeps, we reviewed the many receipts for ventolin, serovent ,albuteral, steroid dose packs, Seldane, and other expensive medications that were required. (these were from 1985-1995). They were necessary just to be able to breathe. Most of the time I was using 3 different inhalers. Intal, Ventolin and one of several inhaled steroids. The money saved over the years probably would have paid for the house we live in now. That’s why I have no problem paying for this website over the years. It’s the least I can do. A fortune was spent on medications just to treat the symptoms and not the cause. Even with all that medicine, the asthma was constantly spinning out of control and life was a constant struggle with much suffering. Even though I was never a big fan of taking antibiotics, there really wasn’t much of a choice at the time. There were no other options so I felt it was just a matter of time before the next major asthma attack where I wouldn’t be so lucky. So as it turned out, taking the antibiotics were a very good choice. I have been very healthy ever since and I rarely get sick. It’s great being able to take a deep deep breath without any wheezing at all and is something I still greatly appreciate and will never take for granted again. People who have never experienced severe asthma usually don’t understand how terrible and scary it is.