What is Doxycycline (Doxycycline) used for?
Doxycycline is a tetracycline antibiotic prescribed to treat patients suffering from a wide variety of bacterial infections. It operates by destroying or slowing the reproduction of bacteria cells allowing the immune system to destroy the infection. The medication is useful for treating conditions such as acne, mouth ulcers, gonorrhea, Chlamydia, syphilis, or infections of the skin, respiratory tract, urinary tract, sinuses, or soft tissues. Your physician may prescribe it to treat other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Doxycycline (Doxycycline)?
Doxycycline is normally taken once or twice each day at a dosage of one tablet for a period of medication lasting one or two weeks, but your particular instructions will depend on the condition being treated, your current health, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a large glass of water on an empty stomach. Do not stop taking your doses before being told to do so, even if your symptoms seem to have disappeared, as the infection may return stronger or more resistant to treatment. Never split, chew, or crush the tablets to avoid unintentionally destroying or altering the effects of their contents. Ask your physician any questions you have about the medicine to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Doxycycline (Doxycycline)?
Some patient using Doxycycline may experience side effects including:
Serious side effects that may require emergency medical attention are severe headaches, dizziness, faintness, severe diarrhea, sensitive skin, easier bruising, fever, flu symptoms, urinary retention, darkened urine, jaundice, or severe skin reactions. Tell your physician as soon as you experience any worrying or intense side effects to make sure the correct alterations are made to your dosage or application frequency to prevent further health problems from occurring.
Doxycycline should not be used by patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, allergic to tetracycline antibiotics, children under the age of twelve, or have porphyrias. Also disclose if you are taking other medications that may cause liver damage, have myasthenia gravis, systemic lupus, decreased liver function, or decreased kidney function. These conditions may cause unexpected complications requiring special alterations to your regimen.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Doxycycline . Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.