Doxycycline is a tetracycline antibiotic.It is better for you if Doxycycline is used as directed by your doctor. This medication slows the growth of bacteria. This effect allows the body's immune system to destroy the bacteria.
How to use Doxycycline:
- Doxycycline is taken on a regular schedule to get the most benefit from it. It will help you remember to take it.
- Doxycycline is taken orally with or without food.
- If you feel well don’t stop to take Doxycycline event. Do not miss any doses.
Discuss with your health care provider any questions about using Doxycycline.
Take a missed dose of Doxycycline as soon as possible. Do not use 2 doses at once. Skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule if it is almost time for your next dose.
Doxycycline is stored in a tightly closed container at room temperature between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Short periods at temperatures of 59 to 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) are permitted. Do not expose to heat, moisture, and light. Storing in the bathroom is not permitted. Doxycycline should be kept out of the reach of children and away from pets.
Doxycycline Safety information
You should not use Doxycycline if you are:
- taking amoxicillin or other penicillins;
- taking acitretin or oral contraceptives (birth control pills);
- allergic to any ingredient in Doxycycline;
This information should be mentioned before you start Doxycycline:
- Doxycycline should be taken for the full course of treatment. Because the infection may not be cleared up completely. The bacteria could become less sensitive to this or other medicines. The infection will be harder to treat in the future.
- A second infection may be caused with long-term or repeated use of Doxycycline. Contact your doctor if signs of a second infection occur. Your should change the medicine.
- If stomach pain or cramps, severe diarrhea, or bloody stools occur, contact your doctor right away. Do not treat diarrhea yourself.
- If you take Doxycycline you may become sunburned more easily. Escape the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths if you don't know how you react to Doxycycline. If you must be outside for a long time use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing.
- Doxycycline is not used in children younger than 8 years old; permanent tooth discoloration (yellow-gray-brown) may occur.
- While you are using Doxycycline hormonal birth control (e.g., birth control pills) may not work as well. To prevent pregnancy, use an extra form of birth control (e.g., condoms).
- Consult with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse.
- Lab tests may perform while you use Doxycycline. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Try to keep all doctor's and lab appointments.
- You should not breast-feed while taking Doxycycline. Doxycycline is used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. One must not share it with other people. It is contra-indicated for pregnant women.
Doxycycline Side Effects
Consult with your doctor if any of these most common side effects persist or become bothersome:
- loss of appetite, vomiting; nausea; unusual sensitivity to sunlight.
You need medical attention right away if any of these severe side effects occur:
- severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); bloody stools; dark urine; decreased urination; fever, chills, or sore throat; severe diarrhea; severe or persistent headache; stomach pain or cramps; throat irritation; trouble swallowing; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual tiredness; vaginal irritation or discharge; vision changes; yellowing of the skin or eyes.