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are there many antibiotics that can be prescribed for Lyme?

I was curious (without knowing the results of the Western blot test) - are there many antibiotics that can be prescribed for Lyme? Or does one need Western blot test results prior to starting antibiotic treatment?

Are there other factors that would affect how / what one is prescribed?
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replied April 26th, 2017
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Laboratory tests are not recommended for patients who do not have symptoms typical of Lyme disease. Just as it is important to correctly diagnose Lyme disease when a patient has it, it is important to avoid misdiagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease when the true cause of the illness is something else.

So the need to do the tests will depend on clinical determination by your doctor.

FYI, Patients treated with appropriate antibiotics in the early stages of Lyme disease usually recover rapidly and completely. Antibiotics commonly used for oral treatment include doxycycline, amoxicillin, or cefuroxime axetil.

Patients with certain neurological or cardiac forms of illness may require intravenous treatment with drugs such as ceftriaxone or penicillin.

I hope this helps.

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