Doxycycline is an antibiotic drug, used to treat a range of conditions.
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This dosage may be applied to treat mild infections and acne. For acne, one tablet a day may be taken for between 6 and 12 weeks.
The stronger dose may be required for more severe infections or malaria. In the case of malaria, this might be two 100mg tablets a day for 7 days or more.
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Doxycycline is an antibiotic tablet, known as a tetracycline. This medication has a versatile range of uses, and is a generic version of the treatment otherwise sold as Vibramycin-D by Pfizer. It is adept at tackling a number of bacterial infections, cases of severe acne where other treatments have failed, and has shown to be useful in the prophylaxis of certain strains of malaria.
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Most people will experience acne at some point in their lives. It is most common during periods of hormonal change, such as puberty, however it often affects people beyond their teens and into their adult years too. Acne, if it does not clear up on its own, can in most cases be managed with over-the-counter remedies and skin care products; but persistent or severe instances which do not respond to these types of treatment may require prescription medication.
In treating acne, Doxycycline works by tackling the bacteria which causes it. This bacteria, propionibacterium acnes, establishes its presence by consuming sebum, a substance generated by the sebaceous glands on the skin. A raised level of androgens in the body can increase the production of this substance, thereby making conditions more hospitable for the bacteria to develop. This bacteria then releases acids which inflame the skin and cause spots.
By stopping this bacteria from producing the proteins it needs to sustain itself, Doxycycline inhibits the growth of the bacteria, enabling the immune system to neutralise it.
Malaria is a potentially very serious illness, caused by the plasmodium parasite. This is transmitted from mosquitoes to humans through bites, and is particularly prevalent in certain tropical areas of the world. Once the parasite is active in a person’s bloodstream, it can spread fairly quickly by infecting other cells. It is a condition which travellers to these regions will have to prepare for, as some strains can lead to organ failure and even have fatal consequences.
Doxycycline may be used in conjunction with other medication, such as quinine, for the prophylaxis of certain malarial strains. The drug fights the infection in much the same way as it does with a bacterial illness, by hindering the offending parasite’s growth process. It does this by restricting the production of an enzyme the parasite needs to sustain itself.
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How to use Doxycycline
Please adhere to the instructions supplied when administering this treatment, and follow the directions your doctor has provided. As well as helping to ensure that the medicine is effective, doing so will also limit the risk of side effects.
- Apply as prescribed.
- For the prevention of malaria, this may be a specified dose taken once or twice a day, for up to two days prior to travel and throughout the period of the trip.
- When prescribed for this purpose, Doxycycline may be used in conjunction with another antimalarial drug.
- For the treatment of acne, a course may consist of one tablet a day for 6-12 weeks.
- Swallow tablets whole with water.
- Do not exceed the prescribed amount.
- If you forget to take it, do not compensate with a double dose. Carry on the treatment as normal, and contact your doctor for advice if necessary.
These directions are provided only as a guide. Ensure you read the patient information leaflet fully before using this product.
Doxycycline side effects
As with any medicine, it is important to be aware of the side effects it may cause, so that you can contact your doctor if they occur.
If you notice any signs of an allergic reaction or experience any side effects which pose a threat to your health, seek immediate medical attention.
Altered numbers of certain types of blood cells, bruising, nosebleeds, porphyria, headache, increased cranial pressure, permanent loss of vision, tinnitus, stomach pain, loss of appetite, feeling or being sick, heartburn, diarrhoea, difficulty swallowing, ulcers, inflammation of the liver, jaundice, pancreatitis, erythema multiforme, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, or muscle or joint pain.
This is not a complete list of the side effects associated with this product. A more detailed account can be found in the patient information leaflet.
Taking it with other medicines
Let your prescriber know if you are using other medicines during consultation. This drug may interact with the following: anticoagulants; penicillin or rifampicin; antacids containing aluminium, calcium or magnesium or other medicines containing iron, bismuth or zinc salts; antiepileptics such as phenobarbital, carbamazepine, phenytoin or primidone; methoxyflurane; oral contraceptives; or ciclosporin.
Conditions to look out for
Doxycycline may not be suitable for you if you have or have ever had: liver disease; porphyria; myasthenia gravis; sensitivity to sunlight; or lupus.
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Can I still drink alcohol?
Because it may affect the efficacy of the medication, you should not drink alcohol for the duration of treatment.
Will I still be able to drive?
Your capacity to drive should not be affected by Doxycycline. However, if you notice any side effects which might make doing so dangerous, avoid driving and speak to your doctor.
Can I take the medicine while pregnant?
It may not be suitable for you if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding. Consult your doctor for advice before use.
How should I store it?
Make sure you keep it at room temperature and out of the reach of children.
Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?
Contained in these capsules are Doxycycline, gelatin, magnesium stearate, shellac glaze, sodium lauryl sulfate, starch, E104, E127, E131, E171, E172 and propylene glycol. Do not use this treatment if you are allergic to any of these ingredients.
Is it available over-the-counter?
Doxycycline is a prescription only medication meaning that you can only buy it in the UK with the approval of a doctor. At Treated.com, you can have your case assessed by a practising doctor by filling in our medical survey after choosing your item.
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