Doxycycline (On the gums)
Antibacterial (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
Doxycycline is used to help treat periodontal disease (a disease of your gums). Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria growing beneath the gum line. Doxycycline works by keeping the number of bacteria from growing. Lowering the amount of bacteria helps to reduce inflammation and swelling in your mouth, and the amount of bleeding around the teeth. Doxycycline is placed in deep gum pockets next to your teeth in order to reduce the depth of the pockets.
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How To Use
A dentist or other healthcare professional will give you this medicine. This medicine is injected below your gum line.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Birth control pills may be less effective while you are receiving doxycycline.
When Not To Use
This medicine is not right for everyone, You should not receive it if you had an allergic reaction to doxycycline or any tetracycline antibiotic, or if you are pregnant.
Tell your doctor or dentist if you are breastfeeding, or if you have diabetes, HIV, or a weak immune system. Also tell your doctor or dentist if you are receiving treatment for cancer, or have a history of fungal infections in your mouth (such as oral candidiasis or thrush).
Do not brush or use dental floss on the treated area for 7 days after treatment.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Severe discomfort or swelling in your mouth
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
Sore mouth, teeth, or gums
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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