Doxycycline is used to treat a wide array of infections caused by bacteria including chronic prostatitis, sinusitis, syphilis, Chlamydia, acne amongst others. It is also used to slow the progress of anthrax in the body after exposure to the bacteria.
It is recommended that you do not take Doxycycline right after a meal or along with it. You may take it an hour before meal or at least 2 hours after it. Do not combine it with antacids. Use it for the full course of treatment even if you feel better in a few days.
In case of a missed dose, always take the time before the next scheduled dosage into consideration. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the Missed Dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. However, never take a double dose together.
Store it at room temperature and avoid direct exposure to light and moisture.
While the symptoms of an overdose are not known, it is recommended that you seek medical attention immediately in case of a suspected overdose.
Use only if prescribed and as directed by your doctor.
Do not use Doxycycline if:
you are allergic to any ingredient in Doxycycline;
you have recently received or will be receiving a live oral typhoid vaccine
you are taking acitretin, oral contraceptives (birth control pills), or penicillins (eg, amoxicillin).
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Some medical conditions may interact with Doxycycline . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
if you have diarrhea, a stomach or intestinal infection, a history of lupus, or the blood disease porphyria
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Doxycycline . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
Barbiturates (eg, phenobarbital), carbamazepine, or hydantoins (eg, phenytoin) because they may decrease Doxycycline 's effectiveness
Acitretin or isotretinoin because side effects, such as increased pressure inside the skull (resulting in severe headaches and vision problems) may occur
Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin), digoxin, methotrexate, or methoxyflurane because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Doxycycline
Live oral typhoid vaccine, hormonal birth control (eg, birth control pills), or penicillins (eg, amoxicillin) because their effectiveness may be decreased by Doxycycline.
Possible Side Effects
Check with your doctor if any of these most common side effects persist or become bothersome:
loss of appetite; nausea; sensitivity to sunlight; vomiting.
Seek 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.
If you have any questions about Doxycycline , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
Doxycycline is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.