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What is Doxycycline Hyclate used for?

Doxycycline Hyclate is a tetracycline antibiotic used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections, which include acne, periodontitis (gum disease), cholera, urinary tract infection, amebic dysentery, gonorrhea, and chlamydia. Besides, this medicine is also used to prevent malaria and pink eye (conjunctivitis). It works by interrupting the growth of bacteria. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What are the side effects of Doxycycline Hyclate?

Like other medicines, Doxycycline Hyclate can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Doxycycline Hyclate are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Doxycycline Hyclate cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Doxycycline Hyclate develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Doxycycline Hyclate can cause side effects such as stomach upset, diarrhea, vomiting, vaginal itching, and headache. Some of the serious side effects of this drug are blurred vision, liver or kidney problems, difficulty breathing, dark colored urine, and yellowing of the skin or eyes. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Doxycycline Hyclate.

What is the recommended dosage of Doxycycline Hyclate?

The dosage of Doxycycline Hyclate prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Take Doxycycline Hyclate with a full glass of water. It can be taken with or without food.

What if you miss a dose of Doxycycline Hyclate?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Doxycycline Hyclate medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Doxycycline Hyclate?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Doxycycline Hyclate, seek medical attention immediately. Some of the overdose symptoms of this drug are diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.

What other drugs could interact with Doxycycline Hyclate?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Doxycycline Hyclate.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Doxycycline Hyclate, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Doxycycline Hyclate can interact with antacids, blood thinners, oral contraceptives, penicillin antibiotics, cholesterol-lowering medications, anti-seizure medications, and barbiturates.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

Where can I buy Doxycycline Hyclate over the counter?

Doxycycline Hyclate medicine is a prescription medicine that is used for the treatment of respiratory tract infections, which is sexually transmitted infections, specific bacterial infections and Rickettsial infections. Doxycycline Hyclate might be used alone or in combination with other medications.

Can I buy Doxycycline Hyclate without a prescription?

To get Doxycycline Hyclate without prescription, you have to have a prescription written for you by the doctor. The doctor may prescribe Doxycycline Hyclate without prescription to: treat respiratory tract infections including pneumonia or bronchitis.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Doxycycline Hyclate?

Is it possible for me to take Doxycycline Hyclate with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Doxycycline Hyclate?
What are the possible drug interactions of Doxycycline Hyclate?
How will Doxycycline Hyclate work in my body?
How should Doxycycline Hyclate be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Doxycycline Hyclate drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. Doxycycline Hyclate should not be used during pregnancy as it may be harmful to the unborn baby. Also, while taking this medicine, breast-feeding should be avoided. Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight while taking Doxycycline Hyclate.


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