Generic Name: doxycycline
The class of drug: Miscellaneous antimalarials, Tetracyclines

Brand names

In the U.S.

Available Dosage Forms:

Therapeutic Class: Antibiotic

Chemical Class: Tetracycline (class)

Doxycycline uses


Doxycycline helps treat infections caused by bacteria that affect various areas in the body. It can also be used to treat abscesses and pimples (usually located on your face) that result from the condition called acne rosacea or adult acne.

Doxycycline delayed-release capsules delayed-release tablets, as well as Acticlate(r) Capcapsules can also be utilized to prevent malaria as well as treat anthrax-related infections following exposure, as well as other illnesses as advised by your doctor.

Doxycycline belongs to the category of medications called tetracycline antimicrobials. It is effective in killing bacteria or stopping their growth. However, it does not be effective for flu, colds or any other viruses.

Doxycycline can only be purchased upon prescription by your physician.

Before making use of doxycycline

In making a decision to take any medicine, the dangers of taking the medicine have to be considered against the benefits it can do. It is a choice both you and your physician will take. The following must be taken into consideration:


Inform your doctor if you have had a strange or unusual reaction to doxycycline, or any other medication. Be sure to inform your health specialist if you suffer from any other kinds of allergies, for example, to dyes, foods or preservatives. You may also be allergic to animals. For non-prescription medications, look over the label or the ingredients on the package carefully.


Doxycycline could cause permanent discolouration of teeth and can slow bone growth. Doxycycline is not recommended to children who are 8 years old or age or younger (except to treat exposure to anthrax inhalation or rickettsia infections) as long as it is not prescribed by a doctor for the child.


The studies that have been conducted so far have not revealed the existence of geriatric-specific issues that restrict the use of doxycycline for the older age group. However, older patients tend to suffer from liver, kidney or heart issues that might require caution and adjustment to the dosage for patients taking doxycycline.


There are no studies that are sufficient on women to determine the risks to babies when taking this medication while breastfeeding. Be sure to weigh the potential benefits against the risks that could be associated with using this medication during nursing.

Interactions between medicines

While certain medications should not be combined in any way In other instances, two different medications can be taken together, even if there is a chance of interaction. In these instances, your doctor might decide to adjust the dosage of any other precautions that could be needed. If you’re taking doxycycline it is crucial that you let your physician know they prescribe any one of these drugs mentioned below. These interactions have been chosen based on their potential importance and are not meant to be comprehensive.

The use of doxycycline in conjunction with any of the following drugs is not advised. Your physician may choose not to treat you with this drug or alter one of the other medications you are taking.

Utilizing doxycycline in conjunction in conjunction with any of these medications is generally not advised however, it is possible to do so in certain situations. If two medicines are prescribed in conjunction and your doctor recommends a change in the dose or the frequency at which you take one or both of the medications.

Utilizing doxycycline in conjunction in conjunction with one of the following medications could result in an increased risk of some adverse effects, however taking both medications could be the most effective treatment for you. If both medications are prescribed and your doctor recommends a change in the dosage or frequency you take either or both drugs.

Interactions with alcohol, tobacco, or food

Certain medications shouldn’t be used during or near the time of taking food, or eating specific kinds of food as interactions could happen. The use of tobacco or alcohol along with certain medications may result in interactions. Discuss with your physician your use of your medication when you are taking it with alcohol, food, or tobacco.

Other medical issues

The presence of medical conditions can affect the usage of Doxycycline. Be sure to inform your physician if you suffer from any other medical issues including:

The proper use of doxycycline

Use doxycycline according to the instructions of your doctor. Don’t take more than you need, don’t use it more frequently and don’t use it for a longer period than what your doctor has ordered. Doing so could increase the risk of adverse consequences.

Doxycycline is accompanied by patient instructions. Follow the directions carefully. Talk to your doctor if have any concerns.

If you’re taking Doryx(r) delayed-release capsules:

If you’re using late-release tablets, tablets:

Take it capsule entire. Don’t crush, break chew or break it. You can take Acticlate(r) Cap capsules in conjunction with milk or food to prevent stomach irritation.

shake it up oral liquid at least a few minutes prior to every use. The dose is measured using a measuring spoon marked with a mark or oral syringe medicine cup.

Take plenty of liquids to prevent irritation of the throat and ulceration.

If you’re using Doxycycline to stop malaria during your travels, begin taking the medicine one or 2 days prior to your departure. You should take the medicine daily throughout your travels and continue taking it for four weeks following your return. Be sure to not make use of the medicine for more than four months.

If you’re taking Oracea(TM) extended-release capsules, you can:

Make sure you use only Doxycycline from the same brand your doctor has prescribed. Different brands may not function in the same way.

To make the switch between Doryx(r) delay-release tablet for Doryx(r) late-release tablet MPC:

To ensure that you clear the infection completely continue taking doxycycline throughout the entire duration of therapy, even if you start to feel better after a couple of days. Should you discontinue doxycycline too quickly, the symptoms could recur.


The dosage of doxycycline is likely to differ in different people. Follow the doctor’s instructions or the instructions in the prescription. The information below is only the most common dose of Doxycycline. If you have a different dose you should not alter it until your doctor instructs you to change it.

The quantity of medicine you consume is contingent on your strength medication. In addition, the number of doses you will take every day, the amount of time between doses and the amount of time you use the medicine depend on the medical condition that you’re treating with the medication.

Missed dose

If you are missing the dose of doxycycline do it as quickly as you are able. If it’s close to the time for your next dose, avoid the dose you missed and go back to your usual dose schedule. Don’t double dose your doses.


Place the medicine in a tightly sealed container that is kept at room temperature and away from moisture, heat and bright light. Be sure to keep the medicine from getting frozen.

Keep away from the reach of children.

Avoid keeping outdated medicines or medicines that are no longer required.

Discuss with your doctor to tell you how to dispose of any medication that you do not make use of.

Complete Doxycycline dosage details

Use caution when using doxycycline.

If your symptoms don’t improve in a couple of days or get worse, consult your physician.

Utilizing doxycycline when you are expecting can cause harm to your unborn child. Utilize reliable method of contraception to stop from becoming pregnant. If you suspect you’ve been pregnant while taking Doxycycline, consult your physician immediately.

Doxycycline could darken the appearance of your nails, skin eyes, teeth gums, or marks. Discuss with your doctor in case you have any questions.

Doxycycline can cause diarrhea and in some instances, it can be extremely severe. It can happen for two months or more following the time you stopped taking Doxycycline. Don’t take any medication to treat diarrhea without consulting your physician. Diarrhea medicine can make diarrhea worse or cause it to persist for longer. If you have questions regarding this, or if your mild diarrhea persists or becomes worse, consult your physician.

Birth birth control pills (containing estrogen) might not function properly when you’re using Doxycycline. To avoid becoming pregnant, you can use other types of contraceptives. This includes condoms, a diaphragm contraceptive jelly or foam.

Doxycycline can make your skin more sensitive to the sun than normal. Being exposed to sunlight for even brief durations can result in skin rashes redness, itching, any other discolouration of the skin, or severe sunburn. If you start taking doxycycline:

If you’re experiencing a severe reaction to sun exposure consult your physician.

Severe skin reactions, including an eosinophilia-related reaction and other systemic symptoms, can happen when using the use of doxycycline. Talk to your doctor in case you experience peeling, blistering, or loosening of your skin, lesions of the skin that are red and severe acne, a skin eruption, ulcers or sores on your skin, chills or fever sore throat, cough, swelling, pain or tender lymphatic glands on the neck, armpit or groin area, or eyes that are yellow or red during the use of the drug doxycycline.

Doxycycline could cause an increase in pressure in the skull (intracranial hypertension). It is most likely when women are pregnant with excess weight or suffer from intracranial hypertension. Contact your physician right away when you experience headaches blurred vision or changes in your vision.

Consult your physician immediately If you notice a rash, fever joint pain or tiredness develops. It could be a sign of an autoimmune disorder in which the body fights itself.

Do not consume anti-acids that have magnesium, calcium, or aluminium or any other item that has iron, like mineral or vitamin supplements.

If you’re taking Doxycycline to treat malaria Take extra care to avoid being at by mosquitoes. Make sure you wear protective clothing, mosquito nets or screens, as well as repellents against insects.

If you are scheduled for any medical test, inform the doctor who is in charge that you’re taking Doxycycline. Certain tests’ results might be affected by doxycycline.

Don’t take any other medication in the absence of discussing with your physician. This includes prescription and other non-prescription (over-the-counter OTC) medications as well as herbal or vitamin supplements.

The side effects of Doxycycline

Alongside its necessary effects, some medicines may result in unwanted negative effects. While not all of these negative side effects are likely to be present, if they do occur, they might require medical attention.

Talk to your doctor immediately If any of these negative side effects occur:

Incidence unknown

There are some side effects that can occur but they usually do not require medical care. These symptoms may disappear after treatment, as the body adapts to the medication. Additionally, your health professional could be able to inform you of ways to avoid or minimize certain adverse effects. Consult your physician in the event that any of these symptoms persist or become troubling or if there are any concerns about these:

The exact cause is not known.


Other adverse side effects that are not listed can also occur in certain patients. If you observe any other symptoms, consult with your physician.

Consult your physician to seek medical advice on adverse effects. You can report any side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Additional details

Always consult your doctor to make sure the information presented on this page is applicable to your specific situation.

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