Alinia: When & Why in Lyme Disease Treatment

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Alinia in Lyme Disease Treatment

Alinia (Nitazoxanide) is a prescription medication designed and approved to treat various kinds of intestinal parasites. Some physicians who treat Lyme use it for additional reasons. In this written and video article I review Alinia based on research and my clinical experience using it when I practiced in Seattle, Washington.

For a complete review of Alinia read the written parts of this article and see the video.

Marty Ross MD Discusses Alinia

This video was recorded during Conversations with Marty Ross MD on 4/4/19.

 
 
 
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Alinia Claims in Lyme Disease

Some claim Alinia

  • kills Lyme,
  • kills Babesia,
  • eliminates intestinal parasites, and
  • removes Lyme biofilms.

However, the research supporting these claims is limited or does not exist.

What Alinia Research Says

A review of research published using PubMed shows Alinia can kill various types of intestinal parasites. There is a study showing it can decrease biofilms in staph germs. There is some science showing it can treat some acute virus infections.

But that is where the research stops. There is no research using Alinia for Lyme, Babesia, or Lyme biofilms. This means there is no human research or even any petri-dish or laboratory research.

My Experience in Seattle

Because Lyme disease research is often very limited or does not exist in certain areas, sometimes we have to look at the experience of Lyme Literate Medical Doctors also called LLMDs. Here is my experience from my Seattle practice where I treated Lyme until late 2018.

Intestinal Parasites

Alinia works as a very effective intestinal parasite treatment. For more information about when and how to treat parasites in Lyme see When & How to Treat Parasites in Lyme Disease.

Lyme Germ (Borrelia)

Alinia may help kill the Lyme germ (borrelia) but usually does not work that well. And because of its cost (around $1500/month in the US), I think it should be tried as a treatment of last resort. For more information about antibiotics that work well to treat Lyme see A Lyme Disease Antibiotic Guide.

Babesia

Alinia is not an effective Babesia medication. For better Babesia treatments see Kills Babesia: A Brief Guide.

Lyme Biofilms

Alinia may or may not remove biofilms, but there are many more effective and less costly medicines to try for this problem. For the best biofilm strategies see Biofilms: Lyme Disease Gated Communities.

Disclaimer

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About the Author

Marty Ross, MD is a passionate Lyme disease educator and clinical expert. He helps Lyme sufferers and their physicians see what really works based on his review of the science and extensive real-world experience. Dr. Ross is licensed to practice medicine in Washington State where he has treated thousands of Lyme disease patients in his Seattle practice. 

Marty Ross, MD is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine and Georgetown University Family Medicine Residency. He is a member of the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society (ILADS) and The Institute for Functional Medicine.

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