What is Doxycycline?
Doxycycline is a semi synthetic antibiotic, which makes part of the drug class called tetracycline antibiotics. It is a prescription medication that is used for treating a wide range of conditions caused by bacterial infections.
What Doxycycline is used for?
As an antibiotic Doxycycline is used for treating different health conditions that are caused by bacterial infections, including periodontitis, sexually transmitted diseases, prostatitis, acne and others. Doxycycline can also be used to treat rosacea, which takes forms of bumps and lesions, although it isn't effective in reducing the facial redness associated with this condition.
Is there anything I should know regarding its safety?
The usual safety measures and precautions indicated with antibiotics also apply to Doxycycline. Make sure to drink plenty of liquids during the treatment period. Avoid any alcoholic beverages as long as you take Doxycycline. If you develop diarrhea while using the drug contact your doctor as soon as possible since it can be a sign of a new infection. Make sure to tell your doctor if you have any kidney disease, liver problems, asthma or sulfite allergy in order to have your dosage adjusted. Avoid spending too much time in the sun as the drug is known to raise the sensitivity of the skin, so sunburns are acquired much faster while using Doxycycline.
Who can take Doxycycline?
Doxycycline is to be taken by adults only. Pregnant or nursing women should avoid taking the drug. Doxycycline is known to cause tooth displacement in unborn babies and permanent tooth color changes in children younger than 8 years old. Certain types of birth control can become less effective during the course of Doxycycline so make sure to discuss other forms of birth control that are not based on hormonal effects with your doctor. If you have ever experienced an allergic reaction to any tetracycline antibiotics, Doxycycline should be avoided.
How Doxycycline should be used?
Doxycycline should be taken as indicated in your prescription label. Avoid skipping doses or taking the drug for longer than prescribed. Different brands of Doxycycline may have different indications regarding food and beverages; however, usually it is safe to take Doxycycline with food and milk products, especially if you have an upset stomach because of the drug. Drink plenty of liquids while using the drug. Do not chew, crush or damage the tablet in any other way, take it as a whole with a full glass of water.