Doxycycline (By mouth)
Amebicide, Amebicide, Intestinal, Antiacne, Antibiotic, Antimalarial, Antiprotozoal, Dental Agent (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
Doxycycline is used to treat bacterial infections in many different parts of the body. It is also used to treat pimples and abscesses (usually on the face) that are caused by rosacea, also known as acne rosacea or adult acne.
Doxycycline delayed-release tablets and tablets are also used to prevent malaria and treat anthrax infection after possible exposure and other problems as determined by your doctor.
Doxycycline belongs to the class of medicines known as tetracycline antibiotics. It works by killing bacteria or preventing their growth. However, this medicine will not work for colds, flu, or other virus infections.
This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.
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How To Use
Capsule, Delayed Release Capsule, Long Acting Capsule, Liquid, Tablet, Delayed Release Tablet
Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to use. Do not use more than directed.
Ask your pharmacist or doctor if you need to take this medicine with or without food. Some forms can be taken with food or milk, but others must be taken on an empty stomach.
Tablets: You may take this medicine with food or milk to avoid stomach irritation. To break a tablet, hold the tablet between your thumb and index fingers close to the appropriate scored line. Then, apply enough pressure to snap the tablet segments apart. Do not use the tablet if it does not break on the scored lines.
Delayed-release tablets: You may also take this medicine by sprinkling the broken tablets onto room-temperature applesauce. Swallow this mixture right away; do not chew. Do not store the mixture for later use.
Oracea® capsules: This medicine must be taken on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.
Capsule: Swallow whole. Do not break, crush, chew, or open it.
Oral liquid: Shake the bottle well just before each use. Measure the oral liquid medicine with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup.
Take all of the medicine in your prescription to clear up your infection, even if you feel better after the first few doses.
Drink plenty of fluids to avoid throat problems, if you take the capsule or tablet form.
Malaria prevention: Start taking the medicine 1 or 2 days before you travel. Take the medicine every day during your trip. Keep taking it for 4 weeks after you return. However, do not use the medicine for longer than 4 months.
Do not use this medicine for more than 9 months if you are using it for rosacea.
Use only the brand of medicine your doctor prescribed. Other brands may not work the same way.
Read and follow the patient instructions that come with this medicine. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Missed dose: Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Do not freeze the oral liquid.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Some foods and medicines can affect how doxycycline works. Tell your doctor if you are using any of the following:Bismuth subsalicylate, isotretinoin or other acne medicines, acitretin or other medicine to treat psoriasis Penicillin antibiotic, birth control pills, medicine for seizures (such as carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin), stomach medicine, a blood thinner (such as warfarin), or any medicine that contains aluminum, calcium, or iron (such an antacid or vitamin supplement)
When Not To Use
This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to doxycycline or another tetracycline antibiotic, or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
This medicine may cause birth defects if either partner is using it during conception or pregnancy. Tell your doctor right away if you or your partner becomes pregnant. Birth control pills may not work as well when used with this medicine. Use a second form of birth control to keep from getting pregnant.
This medicine may cause the following problems:Permanent change in tooth color (in children younger than 8 years old) Increased pressure inside the head Yeast infection Immune system problems
This medicine can cause diarrhea. Call your doctor if the diarrhea becomes severe, does not stop, or is bloody. Do not take any medicine to stop diarrhea until you have talked to your doctor. Diarrhea can occur 2 months or more after you stop taking this medicine.
Tell any doctor or dentist who treats you that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect certain medical test results.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.
Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Burning, pain, or irritation in your upper stomach or throat
Diarrhea that may contain blood
Joint pain, fever, rash, and unusual tiredness or weakness
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
Sores or white patches on your lips, mouth, or throat
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Brand names include
Acticlate, Adoxa, Adoxa CK, Adoxa Pak, Adoxa Pak 1/150, Adoxa TT, Alodox, Avidoxy, Avidoxy DK, BenzoDox 30 Kit, BenzoDox 60 Kit, Doryx, Monodox, Morgidox 1X100MG, Morgidox 1x100MG Kit, Morgidox 2X100MG, Morgidox 2x100MG Kit, NutriDox Convenience, Oracea, Periostat, Vibra-Tabs, Vibramycin Calcium, Vibramycin Hyclate, Vibramycin Monohydrate
There may be other brand names for this medicine.