Welcome to the forum! I'm sorry you have to deal with Lyme disease, but we're all so glad you found us! We are a nice little group of laid back, very compassionate and understanding people.
First, I need to let you know that 200mg of Doxycycline is probably not enough, as you may already know. Also, the length of time to take antibiotics for a new infection is at least six weeks. Here is information on antibiotic dosing, including Doxy, and a great site to read:Dosage
Increasingly, clinicians recommend that certain drugs used for Lyme disease be given at higher daily doses: for example, 3,000–6,000 mg of amoxicillin, 300–400 mg doxycycline, and 500–600 mg of azithromycin. Some clinicians prescribe antibiotics using blood levels to guide higher doses. Close monitoring of complete blood counts and chemistries are also required with this approach.
Here is the ILADS site I got the information from. Please read this site as it has very important information and will educate you about
Here is some information on avoiding side effects from Doxycycline:
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Here is a link to find a doctor from The Lyme Disease Association: Make sure that the doctor you choose is an ILADS(International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society) Doctor.
And last but not least.....even more information and ways to help you find a good LLMD(Lyme Literate Medical Doctor):
Welcome to the forum! We're so glad that you found us:)
For information on finding a Lyme Literate Medical Doctor(LLMD) in your area, please email our long time member, Ticker at:
If you'd like more doctor suggestions, you can email stephanie at: email@example.com You can also go to: www.turnthecorner.org/bod.htm if you want to learn a little bit more about Lyme Disease.
You will want to find an ILADS(International Lyme And Associated Diseases Society) doctor. The
ILADS site is a great place to read to get you started on your Lyme journey.
For great info and links, please read the topic at the top of the first page of this forum titled, "New To Lyme?......Start Here!" It will help you get started learning about lyme.