Short dose of antibiotics helps against Lyme disease

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 23 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1506
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    For the first time, doctors have shown that a quick dose of the antibiotic doxycycline can ward off Lyme disease after a tick bite.

    Results of a second study published by the same journal suggest that long term antibiotic treatment may not help people who are seriously debilitated by symptoms of Lyme disease after initial treatment.

    Because of the importance of these findings, the New England Journal of Medicine published the reports on its website ahead of their scheduled publication in the 12 July issue.

    Some physicians already give antibiotics to …

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