Lyme disease

About Lyme disease

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection you get from the bite of an infected tick. The first symptom is usually a rash, which may look like a bull's eye. As the infection spreads, you may have

  • A fever
  • A headache
  • Muscle and joint aches
  • A stiff neck
  • Fatigue

Lyme disease can be hard to diagnose because you may not have noticed a tick bite. Also, many of its symptoms are like those of the flu and other diseases. In the early stages, your health care provider will look at your symptoms and medical history, to figure out whether you have Lyme disease. Lab tests may help at this stage, but may not always give a clear answer. In the later stages of the disease, a different lab test can confirm whether you have it.

Antibiotics can cure most cases of Lyme disease. The sooner treatment begins, the quicker and more complete the recovery.

After treatment, some patients may still have muscle or joint aches and nervous system symptoms. This is called post-Lyme disease syndrome (PLDS). Long-term antibiotics have not been shown to help with PLDS. However, there are ways to help with the symptoms of PLDS, and most patients do get better with time.

NIH: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Symptoms of Lyme disease
  • A rash, which may look like a bullseye
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Stiff neck
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Top Medications for Lyme disease according to our users

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All Medications for Lyme disease

  • Antibiotic > Penicillin

    • Amoxicillin
      Prescription only

      Amoxil (Amoxicillin) is a good and cheap antibiotic to treat many types of bacterial infections. However, many bacteria are resistant to this medication.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Chewable tablet
      • Liquid
  • Antibiotic > Macrolide

    • Azithromycin
      Prescription only

      Zithromax (Azithromycin) is good for treating many bacterial infections. It is also available as generic. Talk to your doctor if you've ever had liver disease, myasthenia gravis, or on medications to thin the blood, as the doctor may write an alternative.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Liquid
      • Eye drops
    • Erythromycin
      Prescription only

      Ery-Tab (Erythromycin) works well to treat a variety of bacterial infections, but check for drug interactions before taking it.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Delayed release tablet
      • Extended release
  • Antibiotic > Tetracycline

    • Doxycycline
      Prescription only

      Vibramycin (Doxycycline) is good for treating many bacterial infections. It is also available as generic. However, it can make birth control pills less effective. You also have to protect yourself against sunburn.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Delayed release capsule
      • Liquid
  • Acne agent > Antibiotic

    • Tetracycline
      Prescription only

      Acnecycline (Tetracycline) treats many different types of infections and is cheap, but dosing and drug interactions may be somewhat of a hassle.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Cream, gel, or ointment

Medication side effects for Lyme disease

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Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Lyme disease

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • IV Ozone combined with UV and silver in the IV
  • change in diet is essential; low sugar, no caffeine
  • recovery make take a long time
What’s your best coping strategy?
  • Don't bother with the NHS
Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • diet change