Rickettsialpox Medication

Updated: Jun 03, 2020
  • Author: Darvin Scott Smith, MD, MSc, DTM&H; Chief Editor: John L Brusch, MD, FACP  more...
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Medication

Medication Summary

A brief course of a tetracycline antibiotic is recommended. Quinolones may also be considered. Chloramphenicol is an alternate treatment but is not usually recommended because of substantial toxicity.

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Antibiotics

Class Summary

Empiric antimicrobial therapy must be comprehensive and should cover all likely pathogens in the context of the clinical setting.

Doxycycline (Bio-Tab, Doryx, Vibramycin, Doxy)

Inhibits protein synthesis and, thus, bacterial growth by binding to 30S and possibly 50S ribosomal subunits of susceptible bacteria.

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