Treatment of choice for Rocky Mountain spotted fever

April 1, 2014

Doxycycline (Doryx, Vibramycin) is the first choice antibiotic for Rocky Mountain spotted fever in children of all ages.

 

Doxycycline (Doryx, Vibramycin) is the first choice antibiotic for Rocky Mountain spotted fever in children of all ages. A survey of clinicians about appropriate treatment for Rocky Mountain spotted fever found that most practitioners (80%), including primary care physicians, internists, and pediatricians, recognized that doxycycline was the antibiotic of choice for anyone aged older than 8 years. Fewer knew, however, that this antibiotic also was the treatment of choice for younger children, with 51% of pediatricians (more than any other respondent group) correctly selecting doxycycline (Zientek J, et al. J Pediatr. 2014;164[2]:416-418).