Is Dotur safe to use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?
- Tetracycline antibiotics, such as Dotur, can have toxic effects on development of bone in the fetus. Therefore, tetracyclines are not recommended during pregnancy unless there is no other appropriate antibiotic.
- Dotur is secreted into breast milk but the extent of absorption by the breastfed infant is not known. Since tetracyclines can cause toxic effects on bone, the use of tetracyclines in nursing mothers is of concern. The physician must decide whether to recommend that a nursing mother discontinue nursing during treatment with tetracyclines or change to a different antibiotic.
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More a question. I take nicotinelle lozenges 2 mg.(about 15 a day to stop smoking)which contain magnesium stearate. Am worried this may impact the effectiveness of Dotur. Can't find an answer to this anywhere. Does anybody know?
GENERIC NAME(S): Dotur Calcium
This medication is used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections, including those that cause acne. This medication is also used to prevent malaria. This medication is known as a tetracycline antibiotic. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria.
This antibiotic treats only bacterial infections. It will not work for viral infections (such as common cold, flu). Using any antibiotic when it is not needed can cause it to not work for future infections.
Which drugs or supplements interact with Dotur?
- It is recommended that Dotur not be taken at the same time as aluminum, magnesium, or calcium based antacids, such as Mylanta, Maalox, Tums, or Rolaids because, like food, these medications bind Dotur in the intestine and prevent its absorption. Similarly, Dotur should not be taken with minerals (such as calcium or iron) or with bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto Bismol).
- Dotur may enhance the activity of warfarin (Jantoven, Coumadin) and cause excessive "thinning" of the blood leading to exaggerated bleeding, necessitating a reduction in the dose of warfarin. Phenytoin (Dilantin), carbamazepine (Tegretol), and barbiturates (such as phenobarbital) may enhance the metabolism (destruction) of Dotur thus making it less effective.
- Dotur may interfere with the action of penicillins and should not be combined with penicillins. It may also reduce the effect of oral contraceptives. Combining tetracycline and methoxyflurane (Penthrane) may reduce kidney function.
Common Side Effects of Dotur
Common side effects of Dotur include:
- Itching of the rectum or vagina
- Sore mouth
Missed Dose of Dotur
Be sure to take Dotur exactly as your doctor prescribed.
Skipping doses or not completing the full course of therapy could make the drug less effective.
It could also lead to the development of drug-resistant bacteria ("superbugs") that will not respond to antibiotics in the future.
If you forget to take a dose of Dotur, take the missed dose as soon as you remember it.
If it's almost time for your next regular dose, however, skip the missed one.
Don't take twice as much Dotur at one time to make up for a missed dose.
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I normally don’t give reviews on medication but I had such a horrible experience with this that I felt I should share. The first time I was prescribed Dotur it was for dermatitis. I took 100mg twice a day and was supposed to take it for 30 days. I stopped after 14. I had severe anxiety while taking this, I was feeling really depressed to the point where I couldn’t stand to take it any longer. Not to mention the nausea, headaches, and loss of appetite. I’m taking 100mg twice per day again to prevent infection after surgery. I am on day 4 of 7 and have been waking up with severe anxiety and panic attacks. I’ve never had such terrible side effects from a medication.
Q: I take Dotur for MRSA. It says to take it on empty stomach, but I either end up losing it by vomiting or diarrhea. Is there something else for this?
A: Vibramycin (Dotur) is an antibiotic that is used to treat a variety of conditions. Dotur should be taken with lots of non-dairy fluids to help prevent stomach irritation and ulceration. Ideally, Dotur should be taken on an empty stomach for maximum effectiveness. However, if stomach upset or irritation occurs, Dotur can be taken with a small low-fat, low-protein, non-dairy meal or snack. Taking Dotur with food may decrease the absorption of the medication, thereby reducing the effectiveness. MRSA is a type of Staphylococcus bacteria that is resistant to many antibiotics. Therefore, there are only a limited number of medications that can be used to treat MRSA. There are other options besides Dotur to treat MRSA. Some of the other antibiotics that are used to treat MRSA are Bactrim DS (sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim), Minocin (minocycline), and Cleocin (clindamycin). Keep in mind that all antibiotics can produce stomach upset and diarrhea as a side effect. It is recommended that you speak with your doctor regarding the side effects that you have been experiencing with the Dotur. They will be able to weigh the risks and benefits of the medication and determine if your medication regimen should be changed. For more specific information, consult with your doctor or pharmacist for guidance based on your health status and current medications, particularly before taking any action. Megan Uehara, PharmD
What are the possible side effects of Dotur?
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction (hives, difficult breathing, swelling in your face or throat) or a severe skin reaction (fever, sore throat, burning in your eyes, skin pain, red or purple skin rash that spreads and causes blistering and peeling).
Seek medical treatment if you have a serious drug reaction that can affect many parts of your body. Symptoms may include: skin rash, fever, swollen glands, flu-like symptoms, muscle aches, severe weakness, unusual bruising, or yellowing of your skin or eyes. This reaction may occur several weeks after you began using Dotur.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
- severe stomach pain, diarrhea that is watery or bloody;
- throat irritation, trouble swallowing;
- chest pain, irregular heart rhythm, feeling short of breath;
- little or no urination;
- low white blood cell counts--fever, chills, swollen glands, body aches, weakness, pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding;
- increased pressure inside the skull--severe headaches, ringing in your ears, dizziness, nausea, vision problems, pain behind your eyes; or
- signs of liver or pancreas problems--loss of appetite, upper stomach pain (that may spread to your back), tiredness, nausea or vomiting, fast heart rate, dark urine, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
Common side effects may include:
- nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, loss of appetite;
- mild diarrhea;
- skin rash or itching;
- darkened skin color; or
- vaginal itching or discharge.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
How it works
Dotur belongs to a class of drugs called tetracyclines. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.
This drug works by blocking a bacterial protein from being made. It does this by binding to certain units of the protein. This stops the protein from growing and treats your infection.
Dotur oral tablet can interact with other medications, vitamins, or herbs you may be taking. An interaction is when a substance changes the way a drug works. This can be harmful or prevent the drug from working well.
To help avoid interactions, your doctor should manage all of your medications carefully. Be sure to tell your doctor about all medications, vitamins, or herbs you’re taking. To find out how this drug might interact with something else you’re taking, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Examples of drugs that can cause interactions with Dotur are listed below.
How should I take Dotur?
Take Dotur exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Take Dotur with a full glass of water. Drink plenty of liquids while you are taking this medicine.
Most brands of doxycyline may be taken with food or milk if the medicine upsets your stomach. Different brands of Dotur may have different instructions about taking them with or without food.
Take Oracea on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.
You may open a regular capsule or break up a regular tablet and sprinkle the medicine into a spoonful of applesauce to make swallowing easier. Swallow right away without chewing. Do not save the mixture for later use. Drink a full glass (8 ounces) of cool water right away.
Do not crush, break, or open a delayed-release capsule or tablet. Swallow the pill whole.
You may need to split a Dotur tablet to get the correct dose. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Measure liquid medicine with the dosing syringe provided, or with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
If you take Dotur to prevent malaria: Start taking the medicine 1 or 2 days before entering an area where malaria is common. Continue taking the medicine every day during your stay and for at least 4 weeks after you leave the area. Use protective clothing, insect repellents, and mosquito netting around your bed to further prevent mosquito bites that could cause malaria.
Dotur is usually given by injection only if you are unable to take the medicine by mouth. A healthcare provider will give you this injection as an infusion into a vein.
Use this medicine for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Skipping doses may also increase your risk of further infection that is resistant to antibiotics. Dotur will not treat a viral infection such as the flu or a common cold.
If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using Dotur.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat and light.
Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date on the label has passed. Using expired Dotur can cause damage to your kidneys.