Treatments and drugs

By Mayo Clinic Staff

If your doctor suspects that you have ehrlichiosis or another tick-borne illness, you'll likely receive a prescription for the antibiotic doxycycline (Doryx, Vibramycin, others). You'll generally take the antibiotic for up to 10 days. Your doctor may have you take antibiotics for a longer period if you're severely ill.

If you're pregnant, your doctor may prescribe the antibiotic rifampin (Rifadin, Rimactane) instead, because doxycycline isn't recommended during pregnancy.

July 11, 2015