So ive been told I need to have IV antibiotics for Lyme and co infections etc. I have severe bacterial translocation arising from gut permeability. Just did 3 months Rifaximin for helping sort that out. My Dr says I cant take oral antibiotics as my gut is in too much of a mess. Having IV's means a long time away from my home and family and a lot of money. I can't find any info on line of how IV abx affect the gut. I know hey are going straight into the blood stream so technically 'by passing' the gut, but surely they are still going to kill all the bacteria in the body, including those in the gut? Am a little confused by it all and want to make the right decision. At the moment its the next step in my treatment and if I cant do it then I may just have to give up and let the illness take its natural course. Does anyone know anything about IV abx or can they point me in the direction of studies etc on IV abx and gut bacteria? Thank you.