There is ongoing debate within the medical community about the existence and treatment of chronic Lyme disease, and the use of long-term antibiotics to treat it. The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) recommends against prolonged antibiotic therapy for chronic Lyme disease, citing lack of evidence of efficacy and potential harm from prolonged use of antibiotics.
However, some healthcare providers and patients believe that chronic Lyme disease is a real and debilitating condition that requires long-term antibiotic treatment. They may use a variety of antibiotics, including doxycycline, amoxicillin, azithromycin, cefuroxime, and others.
It is important to note that the use of long-term antibiotics to treat chronic Lyme disease is not supported by the majority of the medical community and can be associated with risks and side effects. Any use of antibiotics should be done under the guidance and supervision of a healthcare provider. It is also important to note that the best way to prevent Lyme disease is to avoid tick bites and promptly remove any attached ticks.