Doxycycline (Doxycycline Monohydrate)
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Prescribing Information for Doxycycline (Doxycycline Monohydrate):
What is Doxycycline?
Doxycycline belongs to the group of tetracycline antibiotics. It acts by decreasing the growth of bacteria in the organism.
Doxycycline is prescribed for treatment of lots of bacterial infections like urinary tract infections, acne, gonorrhea, and chlamydia, periodontitis (gum disease), and others. Doxycycline can also be prescribed for treatment of blemishes, bumps, and acne-like lesions caused by rosacea. You may need to combine Doxycycline with other medications for treatment of some amoeba infections.
Doxycycline can also be prescribed for other purposes.
What is important to know about doxycycline?
You should not use doxycycline if you are pregnant. The medication may be harmful to unborn babies causing permanent discoloration of the teeth in their future life. Doxycycline can lessen the effectiveness of birth control pills. It is recommended to use another method of birth control to prevent pregnancy during the treatment with doxycycline. The medication gets into breast milk and may worsen the development of the bones and tooth in a newborn baby. Before you start using doxycycline, inform your doctor if you are breast-feeding.
You should avoid using doxycycline if you have allergic reaction to it or to any similar medication like minocycline (Vectrin, Minocin, Dynacin, Solodyn,), demeclocycline (Declomycin), or tetracycline (Tetracap, Panmycin, Sumycin, Brodspec).
Your doctor may adjust your dose or make special tests for safe usage of doxycycline if you suffer from liver or kidney problems.
You should not give the medication to children under eight years old. The child’s teeth may become permanently grey or yellow because of usage of the medication. It can also affect growth of the child. You should discard the pills or capsules that have not been used before the expiration date or if you do not need them anymore. Avoid taking doxycycline after the expiration date which is indicated on the package. The expired medication can severely affect your kidneys.
How should doxycycline be used?
Follow the prescriptions of your doctor and the instructions which come with the medication carefully. Do not change your dose and do not use doxycycline for a longer period than prescribed.
You should take your dose of doxycycline with 8 ounces (a full glass) of water.
Avoid taking doxycycline with milk or any other dairy products if your healthcare provider does not tell you to. The dairy products can prevent your body from easy absorption of the medication. However it is allowed to take some brands of the medicine with milk. If your healthcare provider prescribes you to use doxycycline with milk, ask your pharmacist to give you a brand of the medication that is allowed to be taken with milk.
Avoid crushing, breaking or opening a sustained-action capsule (Orecea). You should swallow the tablet whole. It prevents releasing of too much medicine at once. Shake the bottle with liquid form of the medicine (oral suspension) well before measuring a dose. Do not use a table spoon to measure the dose of liquid form of doxycycline. If you do not have a special dose-measuring cup or spoon, ask your healthcare provider where you can get it.
Do not stop taking doxycycline earlier than prescribed. You may feel better before you treat your disease entirely. Doxycycline is not effective for treatment of viral infections like influenza or cold. Do not let anyone to take your medicines even if somebody experiences the same symptoms as you do.
If you are going to have any type of surgery, inform your surgeon well in advance that you are using Doxycycline. You may be recommended to stop taking the medication for some period of time.
You should discard the pills or capsules that have not been used before the expiration date or if you do not need them anymore. Avoid taking doxycycline after the expiration date which is indicated on the package. The expired medication can severely affect your kidneys.
What side effects can Doxycycline cause?You should seek emergency medical attention if you experience any of the following symptoms of allergy: trouble breathing; hives; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop taking doxycycline and call your doctor promptly if you develop any of the following serious conditions:
- easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness;
- pale or yellowed skin, dark colored urine, fever, confusion or weakness;
- fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms;
- severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash;
- loss of appetite, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
- severe headache, dizziness, blurred vision;
- urinating less than usual or not at all; or
- severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back, nausea and vomiting, fast heart rate.
- vaginal itching or discharge;
- sores or swelling in your rectal or genital area;
- mild nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or stomach upset;
- white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips; or
- swollen tongue, trouble swallowing.
Doxycycline may also cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you need medical advice about them.