Drug Class: What is Doxycycline and why is it prescribed?
Doxycycline Mechanism: How does Doxycycline work?
Doxycycline Dosage: How should you take Doxycycline
Possible food and drug interactions when taking Doxycycline
Special information on Doxycycline
Doxycycline side effects
|Drug Class: What is Doxycycline and why is it prescribed?|
|Generic Doxycycline is a broad-spectrum tetracycline antibiotic used against a wide variety of bacterial infections, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever and other fevers caused by ticks, fleas, and lice; urinary tract infections; trachoma (chronic infections of the eye); and some gonococcal infections in adults. It is an approved treatment for inhalational anthrax. Generic Doxycycline is also used with other medications to treat severe acne and amoebic dysentery (diarrhea caused by severe parasitic infection of the intestines). Generic Doxycycline may also be taken for the prevention of malaria on foreign trips of less than 4 months\' duration. Occasionally doctors prescribe Generic Doxycycline to treat early Lyme disease and to prevent \"traveler\'s diarrhea\". These are not yet officially approved uses for Generic Doxycycline.|
|Doxycycline Mechanism: How does Doxycycline work?|
|Generic Doxycycline eliminates the bacteria that cause infections, including pneumonia, lyme disease, acne, and venereal (sexually transmitted) disease. Generic Doxycycline works by topping the production of protein that the bacteria needs to survive. Without being able to produce the protein, the bacteria cannot perform essential functions such as growth and repair. This causes them to eventually stop growing and die.
In treating acne, Generic Doxycycline is thought to slow the production of the bacteria Propionibacterium acnes. This bacteria is believed to be important in the formation of acne. Generic Doxycycline may also work to treat acne by controlling inflammatory reactions in the body.
Although different people respond to medications at different rates, acne should respond to Generic Doxycycline by 6 weeks. The normal time frame for acne to respond to Generic Doxycycline is 3 to 6 weeks. In some patients, acne may get worse before it gets better.
|Doxycycline Dosage: How should you take Doxycycline|
|Take Generic Doxycycline with a full glass of water or other liquid to avoid irritating your throat or stomach. Generic Doxycycline can be taken with or without food. However, if the medicine does upset your stomach, you may wish to take it with a glass of milk or after you have eaten. Generic Doxycycline tablets should be swallowed whole.
Take Generic Doxycycline exactly as prescribed by your doctor, even if your symptoms have disappeared. If you are taking an oral suspension form of Generic Doxycycline shake the bottle well before using. Do not use outdated Generic Doxycycline.
If you miss a Generic Doxycycline dose
For Uncomplicated Gonorrhea (Except Anorectal Infections in Men)
For Primary and Secondary Syphilis
For Inhalational Anthrax
For Prevention of Malaria
For inhalational anthrax in children
For prevention of malaria
For children over 100 pounds
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|Possible food and drug interactions when taking Doxycycline|
If Generic Doxycycline is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Generic Doxycycline with the following:
|Special information on Doxycycline|
|Most important fact about Generic Doxycycline
Generally, children under 8 years old and women in the last half of pregnancy should not take Generic Doxycycline. It may cause developing teeth to become permanently discolored. (However, children under 8 may be given Generic Doxycycline for inhalational anthrax.)
Special precautions if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
Special warnings about Generic Doxycycline
Bulging foreheads in infants and headaches in adults have occurred. These symptoms disappeared when Generic Doxycycline was discontinued.
You may become more sensitive to sunlight while taking Generic Doxycycline. Be careful if you are going out in the sun or using a sunlamp. If you develop a skin rash, notify your doctor immediately.
Birth control pills that contain estrogen may not be as effective while you are taking tetracycline drugs. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you should use another form of birth control while taking Generic Doxycycline
Generic Doxycycline syrup contains a sulfite that may cause allergic reactions in certain people. This reaction happens more frequently to people with asthma.
Why Generic Doxycycline should not be prescribed?
If you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to Generic Doxycycline or drugs of this type, you should not take this medication. Make sure your doctor is aware of any drug reactions that you have experienced.
|Doxycycline side effects|
|Generic Doxycycline side effects of cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Generic Doxycycline.
More common side effects of Generic Doxycycline may include
Less common or rare side effects of Generic Doxycycline may include
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