My dear friend was just diagnosed at the ER with Ehrlichiosis and was given 2 weeks of Doxycycline. Obviously that's not enough...what should she be getting? And can someone forward me the list of LLMDs in South Jersey/Philadelphia area? The one I saw for my Lyme Disease is no longer practicing. I'd be glad to hear any other advice to help her. She was a huge support to my during my Lyme and subsequent problems.
Two weeks MAY be enough for ehrlichiosis...but it would be best for her to follow up with an LLMD. As you know, she'd be awfully lucky to have "only" ehrlichiosis.
You're a good friend!!
I'll PM you!
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It may be up to 2 months at 600 mg. of doxy a day. that is what I did for ehrlichia about 8 years ago - according to the ILADS guidelines at that time. I never got better though and, even with babesia and neuro-lyme as well, that was all the treatment I could get. I hope she fares better.
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p. 258 of Singleton's book: suggests treating for at least 28 days . . . with doxy (100-200 mg twice a day) or rifampin (600 mg once a day). For difficult cases: combination of the two drugs for best success.
p. 78: . . . ehrlichia can be life-threatening - treatment should be started immediately even before testing . . . p. 79: two months' treatment with doxy resolved ehrlichia symptoms . . .
He explains more about all the tick-borne infections in the book but, of course, it's just for background. I hope a good LLMD can guide treatment here.
And, of course, as LymeToo mentioned, other TBD should be considered.
LymeToo, thanks for the PM...you listed one of the docs I was looking for but couldn't remember his name. I believe it's the one you highly recommended. I will give her the phone numbers. She had LD many years ago and knows firsthand the severity of this disease. I'm so glad they've caught it early!!
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