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What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Doxycycline Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

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U.S. Brand Names

Adoxa®; Alodox™; Doryx®; Doxy100™; Monodox®; Oracea™; Oraxyl™; Periostat®; Vibra-Tabs®; Vibramycin®

Canadian Brand Names

Apo-Doxy Tabs®; Apo-Doxy®; Doxycin; Doxytec; Novo-Doxylin; Nu-Doxycycline; Periostat®; Vibra-Tabs®

Mexican Brand Names

Biomixin; Ciclonal; Domiken; Genobiotic-Doxi; Vibramicina; Vivradoxil

Pharmacologic Category

Antibiotic, Tetracycline Derivative

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• This medicine does not mix well with some medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• Do not give this medicine to a child younger than 8 years of age.

• If you have an allergy to doxycycline or any other part of this medicine.

• If you have a sulfite allergy, talk with healthcare provider.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you have liver disease.

• If you are pregnant or may be pregnant.

How does it work?

• Doxycycline works to injure the bacteria and fight the infection.

How is it best taken?

• To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.

• Use prescription as directed, even if feeling better.

• Oracea™: Take this medicine on an empty stomach. Take 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals.

• Take this medicine with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.

• A liquid (suspension, syrup) is available if you cannot swallow pills. Shake suspension well before use.

• Those who have feeding tubes can also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after medicine is given.

• Stop tube feeding for 2 hours before giving this medicine. Restart tube feeding 1 hour after giving.

Tablets and capsules:

• Take this medicine (tablets and capsules) with a full glass of water.

• Doryx®: You may sprinkle tablet contents in applesauce. Carefully break tablet without crushing pellets. Do not chew.

• Do not lie down for at least 30 minutes after taking this medicine. This prevents irritation to the esophagus (swallowing tube).


• This medicine is given as a shot into a vein over a period of time.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

• Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store at room temperature.

• Protect from light.

• Protect capsules and tablets from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

• Store liquid (suspension) at room temperature or in a refrigerator. Do not freeze. Throw away any unused portion after 2 weeks.

• Throw away any unused portion of medicine.

• Follow directions for storage of injection. Talk with healthcare provider.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2006-10-13 12:08:33.0

Modified: 2010-03-23 11:18:57.0

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