Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Watch out for lufenuron-induced fatigue/lethargy

If you Google "lufenuron fatigue" or "lufenuron lethargy," (without the quotation marks), you will find that fatigue and lethargy are typical side effects of lufenuron. In my case, it seems to manifest itself as a certain dullness in my thinking, which at times borders on confusion or disorientation, and a certain lack of motivation. But I've noticed that a few hours after having coffee, fatigue sometimes sets in with an intensity to which I am not accustomed, and I become quite lethargic. So, I think that this has to be considered when deciding when to use lufenuron, assuming it is necessary.

If you would rather avoid these effects if possible, it would probably be best to get a definite diagnosis to be certain that the problem is fungal in nature before using lufenuron. Vaughter Wellness' website has information on getting tested. I didn't get tested because of the costs of the tests [1], and because I'd had the infection for months and had undergone two courses of broad-spectrum antibiotics, making it unlikely that a viral or bacterial infection was causing the symptoms. So, I concluded that my infection was fungal, and that lufenuron treatment was the next logical step.

However, considering that lufenuron (combined with other factors which Vaughter Wellness recommends [2]) seems to be the only truly effective way to get rid of candida and other types of fungal infections, and that over the long term, fungal infections can become systemic and life-threatening, the current choice (assuming you have a fungal/yeast infection) seems to be between dealing with lufenuron's side effects, or something much worse.

Notes

[1] I understand that physicians are reluctant to order these tests because they have no cheap and effective ways to treat fungal infections. So, even if you have health insurance, you might have to go to a specialist to get tested, and cover the entire cost yourself.

[2] Vaughter Wellness recommends various supplements, including heavy-duty probiotics, because she takes antibiotics to suppress lyme disease. However, yogurt with immune-supporting strains of bacteria, in addition to the basic strains, seems to be doing the job in my case. I use Mountain High brand yogurt, and I gather that there are a few other brands that incorporate immune-boosting probiotics.