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What does the treatment for brucellosis involve?

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Brucellosis can be difficult to treat. If you have it, your doctor will prescribe antibiotics. Antibiotics commonly used to treat brucellosis include:

You will generally be given doxycycline and rifampin for 6-8 weeks.

You must take the antibiotics for several weeks to stop the disease from returning.  The rate of relapse following treatment is about 5 to 15% and usually happens within the first 6 months after treatment.

  • doxycycline (Acticlate, Monodox, Vibra-Tabs, Vibramycin)
  • streptomycin
  • ciprofloxacin (Cipro) or ofloxacin (Floxin)
  • rifampin (Rifadin, Rimactane)
  • sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim (Bactrim) 
  • tetracycline (Sumycin)

From: What Is Brucellosis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC web site: "Brucellosis."

New York Department of Health web site: "Brucellosis."

World Health Organization web site: "Brucellosis."

Goldman, L., Schafer, A.I., eds., , 24th edition, Saunders Elsevier, 2011. Cecil Medicine

Longo, D.L., Fauci, A.S., Kasper, D.L., Hauser, S.L., Jameson, J.L., Loscalzo, J., eds., , 18th edition, McGraw-Hill, 2012. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine

Auerbach, P.S., ed., , 6th edition, Mosby Elsevier, 2011. Wilderness Medicine

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on December 21, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC web site: "Brucellosis."

New York Department of Health web site: "Brucellosis."

World Health Organization web site: "Brucellosis."

Goldman, L., Schafer, A.I., eds., , 24th edition, Saunders Elsevier, 2011. Cecil Medicine

Longo, D.L., Fauci, A.S., Kasper, D.L., Hauser, S.L., Jameson, J.L., Loscalzo, J., eds., , 18th edition, McGraw-Hill, 2012. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine

Auerbach, P.S., ed., , 6th edition, Mosby Elsevier, 2011. Wilderness Medicine

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on December 21, 2018

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