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What is Doxycycline used for?

Doxycycline 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 is the recommended dosage of Doxycycline?

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

Take Doxycycline with a full glass of water. After taking this medication, do not lie down for 30 minutes.

What if you miss a dose of Doxycycline?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Doxycycline 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?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Doxycycline, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Doxycycline?

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

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, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Doxycycline 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.

What are the side effects of Doxycycline?

Like other medicines, Doxycycline can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Doxycycline 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 cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Doxycycline develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Doxycycline can cause side effects such as stomach upset, vomiting, diarrhea, 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.

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

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


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