How is Lyme meningitis treated?

Updated: Jul 16, 2019
  • Author: Rodrigo Hasbun, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Ideally, neurologic complications of Lyme disease (other than Bell palsy) are treated with parenteral antibiotics. The drug of choice is ceftriaxone (2 g/day for 14-28 days). The alternative therapy is penicillin G (20 million U/day for 14-28 days). Doxycycline (100 mg orally or IV every 12 hours for 14-28 days) or chloramphenicol (1 g every 6 hours for 14-28 days) has also been used. Treatment for only 10 days has been associated with a high rate of residual symptoms.


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