I have finished taking oxymatrine for 3 months. Over 6 weeks I gradually built up the dose and then levelled the dose off at 200mgs 2x per day for the remaining 7 weeks.
I haven’t noticed any change in my CFS symptoms while taking oxymatrine. On the 2nd day I took it, I felt dizzy for several hours however I didn’t experience any other noticeable side effects over the 3 months. Most people who take oxymatrine at least experience some sort of noticeable side effect. Those taking it on the HHV-6 forums and documenting their experience with it are experiencing a range of side effects.
The lack of side effects or improvement while taking oxymatrine was not unexpected for me. Almost everything I’ve taken for CFS has resulted in no side effects and no improvement. For a list of prescription treatments I’ve tried, click here: https://livingwithchronicfatiguesyndrome.wordpress.com/2009/08/25/prescription-medications-that-i-have-taken-for-cfs/
For a list of supplements I’ve tried, click here: https://livingwithchronicfatiguesyndrome.wordpress.com/2009/08/25/a-list-of-supplements-that-i-have-taken-for-cfs/
Based on these treatments and lack of effects, I would classify myself as a ‘treatment- resistant CFS patient.’ Most CFS patients respond at least slightly to something and a large portion can’t tolerate certain treatments due to side-effects.
In conclusion, the likelihood of me having an enterovirus is reduced but not zero based on my unresponsiveness to oxymatrine.