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Doxycycline

Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor required

Doxycycline belongs to a class of medications called tetracyclines which block a bacterial protein from being made and therefore prevent the growth of bacteria. It is used to treat bacterial infections which include some sexually transmitted diseases, intestinal infections, skin infections, eye infections, urinary tract infections, respiratory infections, and others. This drug may also be used as part of a combination therapy to treat severe acne and to prevent malaria.

Common side effects include diarrhoea, a red rash, nausea, vomiting, flue symptoms, skin allergies and an increased risk of a sunburn. In young children and pregnant women it may result in permanent problems with teeth and bone development. It is considered safe in people who are breastfeeding.

To make sure doxycycline is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have :

  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Asthma or sulfite allergy
  • A history of increased pressure inside your skull like severe headaches, dizziness, nausea, ringing in your ears, vision problems or pain behind your eyes.
  • If you also take isotretinoin including Claravis, Amnesteem or Sotret.
  • If you take seizure medicine or any blood thinners.

Doxycycline is available in capsules, as oral solution, tablets, and a solution for injection, which is only given by a medical professional. It is best taken by mouth on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal, usually 1 or 2 times everyday. Drinking lots of fluids is highly recommended while taking this medicine. If stomach upset occurs, taking it with food may help even though its effect may decrease a little. It is advised to not lie down for 10 minutes after taking this medication. Take this medication 2 to 3 hours before or after taking products like antacids, quinapril, didanosine solution, vitamins or minerals, dairy products, and calcium-enriched juice. Follow your doctors instructions carefully. Your dosage will be based on your medical condition, weight, age and response to treatment. For the best effect, take this antibiotic at evenly spaced times.

Information given here is based on the salt and content of the medicine. Effect and uses of medicine may vary from person to person. It is advicable to consult a Internal Medicine Specialist before using this medicine.

bacterial infections
Not recommended in the patients with the history of allergy to tetracyclines.
In addition to its intended effect, Doxycycline may cause some unwanted effects too. In such cases, you must seek medical attention immediately. This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Please inform your doctor if you experience any adverse reaction to the medication.
Rash
Urticaria
Haemolytic anemia
Loss of appetite
Photosensitivity.
Is It safe with alcohol?
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
Are there any pregnancy warnings?
Doxycycline is unsafe to use during pregnancy.
There is positive evidence of human fetal risk, but the benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk, for example in life-threatening situations. Please consult your doctor.
Are there any breast-feeding warnings?
Doxycycline is probably safe to use during lactation. \nLimited human data suggests that the drug does not represent a significant risk to the baby.
Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?
Doxycycline may make you feel dizzy, sleepy, tired, or decrease alertness. If this happens, do not drive.
Visual disturbances such as blurring of vision may occur during treatment with doxycycline.
Does this affect kidney function?
Doxycycline is safe to use in patients with kidney disease. No dose adjustment of Doxycycline is recommended.
However, talk to your doctor if you have any underlying kidney disease.
Does this affect liver function?
Doxycycline should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Doxycycline may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Missed Dose instructions
The missed dose should be taken as soon possible. It is advisable to skip the missed dose if it's already time for your next scheduled dose.
Overdose instructions
Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of overdose.
India
United States
Japan
Below is the list of medicines, which contains Doxycycline as ingredient
Canixa Life Sciences Pvt
Medoz Pharmaceutical Pvt. Ltd
Zydus Cadila
Depsons Pharma
Tidal Laboratories Pvt Ltd
Octane Biotech Pvt Ltd
Alembic Pharmaceuticals Ltd
D D Pharmaceuticals
D D Pharmaceuticals
Times Drugs & Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
Gates India Pvt Ltd
Stallion Laboratories Pvt Ltd
Intermed Pharma Pvt Ltd
Vilco Laboratories Pvt Ltd
Ind Swift Laboratories Ltd
Lincoln Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Marc Laboratories Pvt Ltd
Depsons Pharma
Skymax Laboratories Pvt Ltd
Megha Healthcare Pvt Ltd
Doxycycline is a synthetic tetracycline with antimicrobial properties. It binds to the 30S ribosomal subunit and thus prevents the binding of minoacyl-tRNA to the mRNA-ribosome complex which in turn prevents protein synthesis in the bacterium.
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.
Interaction with Medicine
Sucramal Suspension
Sufrate O Suspension
Epsolin 50Mg/2Ml Injection
Sucrasure 500mg Suspension
What are you using Doxycycline for?
bacterial infections
Other
severe acne
How much was the improvement?
Excellent
Average
Poor
How long did it take before seeing improvement?
More than 2 days
Within 2 days
Within 6 hours
Within a day
Within 2 hours
How frequently did you take this medicine?
Once a day
Twice a day
Not taking on daily level
How did you take this medicine?
With Food
With or without food
What were the side effects of this medicine?
Other
Loss of appetite
Nausea
Rash
Vomiting
Urticaria
Photosensitivity
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Lybrate does not take responsibility for any aspect of medicines or treatments. If you have any doubts about your medication, we strongly recommend you to see a doctor immediately.

Popular Questions & Answers

What is the dosage for doxycycline medicine and for how many days it has to be taken What is dosage of doxycycline medicine to be taken and how many days to be taken?

MD - Medicine, MBBS
Cardiologist, Panchkula
Treatment duration depends upon the nature of illness. In certain illnesses it has to be taken for many weeks.
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Hello. I want to know why Doxycycline is used twice in the first day of treatment of periodontal disease?

BDS
Dentist, Gurgaon
Hello. I want to know why Doxycycline is used twice in the first day of treatment of periodontal disease?
It is given to subside infection .. and subside all the swelling present after treatment so that ut heals properly ...

Please suggest any oral medicine for acne as I am using doxycycline since last 8 days but result is little.

BSc
Ayurveda, Ujjain
Please suggest any oral medicine for acne as I am using doxycycline since last 8 days but result is little.
Stop doxy cycling capsule. Better you take neem capsule 1 daily for 10 days end wash face with Ķeva face wash dry than apply nourishing cream. Consult me. Avoid too oily end ghee prepretions. Take simple veg food with green vegitabales salad.
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I'm having Chlamydia is it safe to take doxycycline and Azithromycin as I'm having G6PD problem.

BHMS
Homeopath, Hooghly
I'm having Chlamydia is it safe to take doxycycline and Azithromycin as I'm having G6PD problem.
No it's not safe, either visit a skin specialist or if you wants to cure your problem then you have to do proper homoeopathic treatment.

Now 6 days taking doxycycline for chlamydia and gonorrhea. Does doxycycline cause headache and muscles pain and bad stomach. Even white spot start to appear on tonsils. Is it okay to appear while treatment.

MBBS
Sexologist, Panchkula
Now 6 days taking doxycycline for chlamydia and gonorrhea.
Does doxycycline cause headache and muscles pain and bad s...
No, doxycycline does not cause headache, muscle pain and bad stomach or white spot on tonsil. I advise you to take proper balanced vegetarian diet. Take plenty of water to detoxify body. Take fruits and vegetables in daily diet. Do meditation for mental strength daily. Follow this and give feedback.

Popular Health Tips

Home Remedies For Ehrtichiosis

MBBS,CCA,DCA,AASECT,FPA,AAD,F.H.R.SM.I.M.S
General Physician, Bangalore
Home Remedies For Ehrtichiosis

Some of the home remedies for ehrlichiosis include the use of ginger, licorice, and other anti-bacterial products and foods. However, studies consistently argue that medical attention is by far the best solution for curing ehrlichiosis, so be sure to contact a medical professional if you think you are suffering from ehrlichiosis. From there, the home remedies can be used in conjunction with formal treatment, if advised.

Ehrlichiosis is a bacterial infection that is transmitted by the bite of a tick. This condition primarily affects dogs, because they are frequently in wooded areas and brush against reeds and plants where ticks commonly live. However, it can also be transmitted to humans. The intracellular bacteria that infects the body attack white blood cells, which significantly weakens the immune system. If you find a tick on your body, it is best to carefully remove it with tweezers, trying not to squash it, since the bacteria in its body can get onto your skin. Also, make sure that the mouth parts are removed from your skin as well.

Symptoms of ehrlichiosis

The symptoms of ehrlichiosis include fatigue, nausea, muscle aches, high fever, and severe joint and muscle pain. This is common for autoimmune diseases that destroy your white blood cells, because your body tries to show you that it is ill in as many ways as possible at the same time. The immune disruption is the direct cause behind the majority of the symptoms.

The symptoms usually appear 1-2 weeks after the initial bite occurs, which is why it can be difficult to identify, because the tick might have dropped off or died by the time you start seeing symptoms. A rash can sometimes appear faster than other symptoms, but every case seems to be different.

If you are diagnosed with ehrlichiosis, then the best course of action is to consult a medical professional and begin treatment with doxycycline and minocycline, which are used in the vast majority of cases. For people allergic to that class of drugs, there are other pharmaceutical options that can quickly clear up the symptoms. Certain cases are chronic, and this presents a long-term problem for those sufferers, since their immune system being compromised can be ideal for opportunistic infections, like candidiasis. Herbal and natural remedies should be used in conjunction with allopathic remedies, not in place of them.

Home remedies of ehrlichiosis

Ginger and licorice: These two foods have been peripherally connected with ehrlichiosis because they can help to boost the immune system and increase the count of white blood cells in your body. While this is not a cure for the bacterial infection, it can certainly make the symptoms less serious. When taken in conjunction with doxycycline, this can speed up the healing process and get you back on your feet quicker. Licorice and ginger tea is probably the easiest method of adding these to your diet, but there are other dietary applications of those foods, as well.

Tick awareness: Since doxycycline is the primary remedy for this condition, there isn’t much more to say about treatment. However, prevention is also very important. If a tick is found and removed within 36 hours, then there is a drastically diminished chance of contracting ehrlichiosis. After leaving a “tick area”, be sure to thoroughly check your clothes and skin. Also, do a second check at the end of the day, in case the ticks were transferred in your hair or some other object you had with you. If you find a tick, gently squeeze the mouth parts of the tick with tweezers and gently pull it off you skin, being careful not to jerk or tear the mouth parts out. From there, you can either kill the tick in an alcohol solution or save it for a doctor in case you begin to develop symptoms from the bite.

A final word of warning: While this condition is usually not life-threatening, if left untreated, the infection can become quite serious and can then develop into a chronic case of ehrlichiosis, which can be very difficult to eliminate. Therefore, be aware and vigilant of your personal space and how your body feels, particularly after spending time in wooded or “tick-friendly” areas. Many people try to avoid allopathic remedies in lieu of an herbal remedy, but when it comes to a specific bacterial infection like this, taking doxycycline is the fastest, easiest, and safest solution.

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Chlamydia - Symptoms And Treatment!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Sexologist, Haridwar
Chlamydia - Symptoms And Treatment!

One of the most common physically transmitted diseases is chlamydia. Chlamydia is a type of infection caused by the bacteria "Chlamydia trachomatis". The symptoms of Chlamydia are similar to the symptoms of Gonorrhoea (a bacterial sexually transmitted infection). Chlamydia infection causes permanent fallopian tube damage in women, leads to future ectopic pregnancy (the fertilised egg attaches itself outside the uterus) and infertility.

Symptoms of Chlamydia:
Men and women afflicted with chlamydia exhibit different symptoms.

The symptoms of chlamydia in women include:

  1. Abnormal, sometimes foul-smelling, vaginal discharge
  2. Bleeding between menstrual cycles
  3. Painful periods
  4. Abdominal pain, accompanied with fever
  5. Pain during intercourse
  6. Burning or itching around or in the vagina
  7. Painful urination

Men usually display the following symptoms if they have chlamydia:

  1. Minimal amounts of cloudy or clear discharge from the head of the penis
  2. Painful urination
  3. Itching and burning around the slit of the penis
  4. Swollen and painful testicles

Treatment options available:

  1. Chlamydia is diagnosed by taking a swab from the cervix (in women) or the urethra (in men). These swabs will be sent to the laboratory for analysis. Urine samples can also be taken to check for the appearance of bacteria.
  2. Since chlamydia is a bacterial infection, it can be easily treated with antibiotics. Oral antibiotics such as azithromycin or doxycycline are commonly prescribed by doctors. Azithromycin is usually prescribed in a large, single dose. The dose may also be stretched out for five days. Doxycycline is taken two times daily for a week.
  3. With the right antibiotic therapy, the infection will clear up in 1 to 2 weeks approximately. It is very important that you finish the medication course if you wish you heal completely without having to suffer from further bouts of this disorder.
  4. Women with critical chlamydia may need hospitalisation, pain medicine and IV (intravenous, or directly through the vein) antibiotics. Pregnant women with chlamydia infection can be safely cured with antibiotic such as erythromycin ethylsuccinate, amoxicillin and azithromycin.

Your partner needs testing and treatment as well to avoid further spread and reinfection. It is vital not to engage in any sexual activity while the treatment is ongoing. A further retest should be done three months later to make sure the infection is rectified. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Symptoms of Chlamydia and Ways to Treat the Disease

M.D.Medicine, Diploma in Diabetology
Sexologist, Jaipur
Symptoms of Chlamydia and Ways to Treat the Disease

One of the most common physically transmitted diseases is chlamydia. Chlamydia is a type of infection caused by the bacteria "Chlamydia trachomatis". The symptoms of Chlamydia are similar to the symptoms of Gonorrhoea (a bacterial sexually transmitted infection). Chlamydia infection causes permanent fallopian tube damage in women, leads to future ectopic pregnancy (the fertilised egg attaches itself outside the uterus) and infertility.

Symptoms of Chlamydia:
Men and women afflicted with chlamydia exhibit different symptoms.

The symptoms of chlamydia in women include:

  1. Abnormal, sometimes foul-smelling, vaginal discharge
  2. Bleeding between menstrual cycles
  3. Painful periods
  4. Abdominal pain, accompanied with fever
  5. Pain during intercourse
  6. Burning or itching around or in the vagina
  7. Painful urination

Men usually display the following symptoms if they have chlamydia:

  1. Minimal amounts of cloudy or clear discharge from the head of the penis
  2. Painful urination
  3. Itching and burning around the slit of the penis
  4. Swollen and painful testicles

Treatment options available:

  1. Chlamydia is diagnosed by taking a swab from the cervix (in women) or the urethra (in men). These swabs will be sent to the laboratory for analysis. Urine samples can also be taken to check for the appearance of bacteria.
  2. Since chlamydia is a bacterial infection, it can be easily treated with antibiotics. Oral antibiotics such as azithromycin or doxycycline are commonly prescribed by doctors. Azithromycin is usually prescribed in a large, single dose. The dose may also be stretched out for five days. Doxycycline is taken two times daily for a week.
  3. With the right antibiotic therapy, the infection will clear up in 1 to 2 weeks approximately. It is very important that you finish the medication course if you wish you heal completely without having to suffer from further bouts of this disorder.
  4. Women with critical chlamydia may need hospitalisation, pain medicine and IV (intravenous, or directly through the vein) antibiotics. Pregnant women with chlamydia infection can be safely cured with antibiotic such as erythromycin ethylsuccinate, amoxicillin and azithromycin.

Your partner needs testing and treatment as well to avoid further spread and reinfection. It is vital not to engage in any sexual activity while the treatment is ongoing. A further retest should be done three months later to make sure the infection is rectified. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a doctor and ask a free question.

7422 people found this helpful

Chlamydia - Reasons Why it Affects Women

MBBS, DGO, MD - Obstetrics & Gynaecology, MRCOG
Gynaecologist, Delhi
Chlamydia - Reasons Why it Affects Women

Chlamydia is one of the more common STDs among both the genders. It spreads through physical intimate contact; it can develop irrespective of one’s age, however, is most commonly observed among young women. In women, the symptoms include yellow or green colored odorous vaginal discharge, painful urination and a burning sensation or itching around the vagina, lower abdominal ache, painful menstruation or bleeding during sexual intercourse. Now if the infection reaches up to the fallopian tubes, it causes a disease known as Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). In case of unprotected oral sex, the bacteria causing this disorder, ‘Chlamydia Trachomatis’ might infect the throat as well.

Reasons Behind Chlamydia in Women:

  1. Being a sexually transmitted disease, Chlamydia gets passed on from one person to another through unprotected sex or through the contact with the genitals of an infected person.

  2. In some cases, infants are likely to inherit the disease from their mothers during birth, if she is already affected with it. Hence pre-natal checkups are essential for detection.

  3. Although very rare, this infection can affect the eyes as well via oral or genital contact.

How To Treat Chlamydia?

  1. The infection can be resolved within a couple of weeks with the use of antibiotics. Once it is diagnosed, the treatment course should start immediately. The widely used antibiotics for curing chlamydia are azithromycin and doxycycline. If you are breastfeeding or pregnant or suffering from any allergy, your doctor might prescribe erythromycin or amoxicillin. For severe complications, a longer course is administered. The treatment may induce mild side-effects in the form of vaginal thrush, sickness, diarrhea and tummy pain.

  2. Try and avoid any sort of sexual activity (intercourse or other activities) till the treatment is completely done and none of you show any other sign of the infection. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a doctor and ask a free question.

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Reasons Why Chlamydia Affects Women?

MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology, MBBS
Gynaecologist, Delhi
Reasons Why Chlamydia Affects Women?

Chlamydia is one of the more common STDs among both the genders. It spreads through physical intimate contact; it can develop irrespective of one’s age, however, is most commonly observed among young women. In women, the symptoms include yellow or green colored odorous vaginal discharge, painful urination and a burning sensation or itching around the vagina, lower abdominal ache, painful menstruation or bleeding during sexual intercourse. Now if the infection reaches up to the fallopian tubes, it causes a disease known as Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). In case of unprotected oral sex, the bacteria causing this disorder, ‘Chlamydia Trachomatis’ might infect the throat as well.

Reasons Behind Chlamydia in Women:

  1. Being a sexually transmitted disease, Chlamydia gets passed on from one person to another through unprotected sex or through the contact with the genitals of an infected person.

  2. In some cases, infants are likely to inherit the disease from their mothers during birth, if she is already affected with it. Hence pre-natal checkups are essential for detection.

  3. Although very rare, this infection can affect the eyes as well via oral or genital contact.

How To Treat Chlamydia?

  1. The infection can be resolved within a couple of weeks with the use of antibiotics. Once it is diagnosed, the treatment course should start immediately. The widely used antibiotics for curing chlamydia are azithromycin and doxycycline. If you are breastfeeding or pregnant or suffering from any allergy, your doctor might prescribe erythromycin or amoxicillin. For severe complications, a longer course is administered. The treatment may induce mild side-effects in the form of vaginal thrush, sickness, diarrhea and tummy pain.

  2. Try and avoid any sort of sexual activity (intercourse or other activities) till the treatment is completely done and none of you show any other sign of the infection.

4000 people found this helpful

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About Doxycycline
When is Doxycycline prescribed?
What are the contraindications of Doxycycline ?
What are the side effects of Doxycycline ?
Key highlights of Doxycycline
What are the dosage instructions?
Where is the Doxycycline approved?
Medicines containing Doxycycline
How does medicine works?
What are the interactions for Doxycycline ?