Doxylan tablets


  • Active Ingredient: Doxycycline
  • 200 mg, 100 mg
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What is Doxylan?

The active ingredient of Doxylan brand is doxycycline. Doxycycline is a tetracycline antibiotic that fights bacteria in the body.

Used for

Doxylan is used to treat diseases such as: Acne, Actinomycosis, Amebiasis, Anthrax, Anthrax Prophylaxis, Bacterial Infection, Bartonellosis, Bronchiectasis, Bronchitis, Brucellosis, Bullous Pemphigoid, Cervicitis, Chancroid, Chlamydia Infection, Cholera, Cutaneous Bacillus anthracis, Ehrlichiosis, Enterocolitis, Epididymitis, Sexually Transmitted, Gastroenteritis, Gonococcal Infection, Uncomplicated, Granuloma Inguinale, Inclusion Conjunctivitis, Lyme Disease, Lyme Disease, Arthritis, Lyme Disease, Carditis, Lyme Disease, Erythema Chronicum Migrans, Lyme Disease, Neurologic, Lymphogranuloma Venereum, Malaria, Malaria Prevention, Melioidosis, Mycoplasma Pneumonia, Nongonococcal Urethritis, Ocular Rosacea, Ornithosis, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, Pemphigoid, Pemphigus, Periodontitis, Plague, Pleural Effusion, Pneumonia, Proctitis, Prostatitis, Psittacosis, Q Fever, Rabbit Fever, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Rickettsial Infection, Rosacea, Skin or Soft Tissue Infection, STD Prophylaxis, Syphilis, Early, Syphilis, Latent, Tertiary Syphilis, Trachoma, Upper Respiratory Tract Infection, Urinary Tract Infection.

Side Effect

Possible side effects of Doxylan include: severe sunburn; diarrhea, watery and severe, which may also be bloody; unusual bleeding or bruising; increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight; fast heartbeat; redness or other discoloration of the skin; cough.

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Mixing Doxylan with herbal remedies and supplements

There are no known problems with taking herbal remedies and supplements with Doxylan.

Amoxicillin vs. Doxylan: What's the difference?

  • Amoxicillin and Doxylan are antibiotics used to treat bacterial infections of the respiratory tract and other infections.
  • Amoxicillin is also used to treat bacterial infections of the middle ear, tonsils, throat, urinary tract, and skin. It also is used to treat gonorrhea.
  • Doxylan is also used to treat non-gonococcalurethritis (due to Ureaplasma), Rocky Mountain spotted fever, typhus, chancroid, cholera, brucellosis, anthrax, syphilis, acne, and periodontal disease.
  • Amoxicillin and Doxylan belong to different antibiotic drug classes. Amoxicillin is a penicillin-type antibiotic and Doxylan is a tetracycline antibiotic.
  • Brand names for amoxicillin include Moxatag and Amoxil.
  • Brand names for Doxylan include Vibramycin, Oracea, Adoxa, Atridox, Acticlate, Acticlate Cap, Doryx, Doxteric, Doxy, and Monodox.
  • Side effects of amoxicillin and Doxylan that are similar include diarrhea or loose stools, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting.
  • Side effects of amoxicillin that are different from Doxylan include dizziness, heartburn, sleep problems (insomnia), itching, confusion, easy bruising, bleeding, rash, and allergic reactions.
  • Side effects of Doxylan that are different from amoxicillin include tooth discoloration if used in persons below 8 years of age and exaggerated sunburn.


Carry on taking Doxylan until you've completed the course, even if you feel better. If you stop your treatment early, the infection could come back - or you may no longer be protected against malaria.

Rated Doxylan (Oracea, Doryx) for Acne Rosacea Report

I've been taking a low dose for a month now for my rosacea. I don't have a huge problem with the acne side of rosacea though I do sometimes break out, I'm more so have a problem with the red flushing and flare ups, so bad that people ask me all the time if I'm sunburned. I haven't experienced any side effects and the medication seems to control my flare-ups tremendously. I actually forgot to take it one day and later on that evening experienced a major flare-up. Not too keen on the long-term potential of taking it due to side effects that could result but for now this seems to help me a lot.

Rated Doxylan (Oracea, Doryx) for Skin or Soft Tissue Infection Report

Since on this drug I am lethargic no energy lightheaded. Chest feels heavy. I was put on after I had a basil cell growth on my lower lid removed and reconstruction by plastic surgeon. This is the third day and I feel wiped out brain fog. No problem with eye so assume it is the med. on it for 5 days the sooner to end the better. Also have shoulder pain and dull headache

Doxylan Dosage

Doxylan comes in tablet, capsule, or liquid form. A doctor also can inject it under your skin.

Tablets come in varying strengths including 50, 75, 100, and 150 mg.

Don't crush or break a delayed-release capsule.

If you're taking an oral form of the drug, drink a full glass of water with each dose.

For adults, the normal dose of oral Doxylan is 200 mg on the first day of treatment.

Usually you take that as two 100-mg doses, 12 hours apart. After this initial dose, people usually take a maintenance dose of 100 mg daily for seven to 10 days.

For more severe infections, such as chronic infections of the urinary tract, the recommended dose is 100 mg every 12 hours.

In some cases, people may need to take higher doses, 300 mg a day for 10 days.

For inhalational anthrax, the usual adult prescription is 100 mg of Doxylan twice a day for 60 days.

For the prevention of malaria, you should start taking Doxylan up to two days before traveling.

Continue taking the drug for four weeks after you leave an area where malaria is a risk.

Do not take Doxylan to prevent malaria for more than four months.

The correct dosage for children older than 8 will depend on the child's weight.

Continue to take Doxylan until your course of treatment is finished, even if you feel good.

Don't stop taking the medication unless directed by your doctor.

9. Common questions

Doxylan is from a group of medicines called tetracycline antibiotics. These antibiotics kill bacteria by stopping them from making the proteins that they need to survive.

For most infections, you should feel better within a few days.

It's very important that you keep taking Doxylan until you finish your medicine. Do this even if you feel better. It will help stop the infection coming back.

If you have rosacea, Doxylan works slowly to treat it. Your doctor will usually review you after 4 to 6 weeks to check how well the medicine is working.

If you are taking Doxylan for any other infection, tell your doctor if you don't start feeling better after 3 days. Also tell them if, at any time, you start to feel worse.

If you are taking Doxylan to prevent malaria, you will not feel any different. You should take Doxylan as prescribed, and continue taking it for 4 weeks after leaving the area where there is malaria.

Some people get a fungal infection called thrush after taking a course of antibiotics like Doxylan. Antibiotics kill the normal harmless bacteria that help to protect you against thrush.

If this happens to you, ask your pharmacist or doctor for advice.

Doxylan does not affect any type of contraception, including the contraception pill and emergency contraception.

However, if Doxylan makes you vomit or have severe diarrhoea (6 to 8 watery poos in 24 hours) for more than 24 hours, your combined pill may not protect you from pregnancy. Look on the pill packet to find out what to do.

There's no firm evidence to suggest that taking Doxylan will reduce fertility in either men or women.

However, speak to a pharmacist or your doctor before taking it if you're trying to get pregnant.

Doxylan can build up in growing bones and teeth by binding to calcium. This can stain teeth.

It only happens in growing bones and teeth. This is why Doxylan is not given to children under 12 years old or to pregnant or breastfeeding women.

Yes, Doxylan shouldn't affect you being able to drive or cycle.

Avoid drinking alcohol with Doxylan. Alcohol can stop it working properly. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions about this.

Do not take your medicine together with dairy products. This is because dairy foods like milk, cheese and yoghurt can stop your body from absorbing Doxylan. You can have dairy products a few hours before or after your dose.

Avoid drinking alcohol with Doxylan.

Yes, you can take Doxylan if you are allergic to penicillin. They are 2 different types of antibiotic.

Doxylan has been used successfully in hot countries for many years. The best way to protect yourself against a reaction to sunlight is to be careful with sun exposure.

GENERIC NAME(S): Doxylan 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.

What brand names are available for Doxylan?

Brand names for Doxylan hyclate include Vibramycin, Oracea, Adoxa, Atridox, Acticlate, Acticlate Cap, Doryx, Doxteric, Doxy, Monodox, and others.

When penicillin is contraindicated, Doxylan is an alternative treatment of the following infections:

  • Syphilis caused by Treponema pallidum
  • Yaws caused by Treponema pallidum subspecies pertenue
  • Vincent’s infection caused by Fusobacterium fusiforme
  • Actinomycosis caused by Actinomyces israelii. Infections caused by Clostridium species
  • Syphilis ( 8 years, 8 years, ≥45 kg

What if I take too much?

Accidentally taking an extra dose of Doxylan is unlikely to harm you.

Speak to your pharmacist or doctor if you're worried or you take more than 1 extra dose.

Like all medicines, Doxylan can cause side effects, although not everyone gets them.

Doxylan Interactions

Certain drugs may affect the way Doxylan works. This antibiotic could also interact with other medications.

It's very important to let your doctor know about everything you're taking, including street drugs as well as any over-the-counter (OTC) medications, herbs, or supplements.

Types of drugs that interact with Doxylan include:

  • Antacids
  • Calcium supplements
  • Iron supplements and laxatives that contain magnesium
  • Penicillin
  • Blood thinners, such as warfarin (Coumadin)
  • Barbiturates and anti-seizure drugs, such as carbamazepine (Tegretol) and phenytoin (Dilantin)
  • Oral birth control pills

Q: Can Doxylan cause nausea?

A: Doxylan is a medication that is used to treat various infections such as lyme disease, urinary tract infections, and pneumonia. Doxylan is in the class of antibiotics called tetracyclines that work by inhibiting the growth of bacteria giving the immune system a chance at eliminating the infection. The prescribing information on Doxylan lists the following as common side effects of the medication: nausea diarrhea indigestion or heartburn vomiting sensitivity to the sun loss of appetite Some rare side effects of Doxylan include: irritation of the esophagus, tongue swelling, vision changes and yeast infection. If you are experiencing a side effect of any medication that feels "not quite right", it is always a good idea to consult with your physician. Lori Poulin, PharmD

  • Tablets, capsules, and syrup should be kept at room temperature 15 C to 30 C (59 F to 86 F) in tight, light resistant containers.
  • Powder for injection should be stored at or below 25 C (77 F) and protected from light.
  • Atridox (Doxylan in a gel used for subgingival application) should be stored at 2 C to 8 C (36 F to 46 F).

Serious side effects

Serious side effects are rare and happen in less than 1 in 1,000 people.

Call a doctor straight away if you get:

  • bruising or bleeding you can't explain (including nosebleeds), a sore throat, a high temperature (38C or above) and you feel tired or generally unwell - these can be signs of blood problems
  • diarrhoea (possibly with stomach cramps) that contains blood or mucus - if you have severe diarrhoea that lasts longer than 4 days you should also speak to a doctor
  • ringing or buzzing in your ears
  • pale poo with dark pee, yellow skin or the whites of your eyes go yellow - this could be a sign of liver problems
  • joint or muscle pain that has started since you began taking Doxylan
  • severe headaches, vomiting and problems with your vision - these could be signs of pressure around your brain (intracranial hypertension)
  • a fingernail coming away from its base - this could be a reaction to sunlight called photo-onycholysis
  • a sore or swollen mouth, lips or tongue
  • severe pain in your stomach, with or without bloody diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting - these can be signs of pancreatitis
  • difficulty or pain when you swallow, a sore throat, acid reflux, a smaller appetite or chest pain which gets worse when you eat - these could be signs of an inflamed food pipe (oesophagitis) or oesophageal ulcer

Pregnancy and Doxylan

Pregnant women should not take Doxylan because the drug can be harmful to an unborn baby.

Tetracyclines, including Doxylan, also pass into breast milk, so women who are breastfeeding should not take this drug.

If you're a woman, let your doctor know if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

It's also important to note that unborn babies exposed to Doxylan or children younger than 8 years old who take the drug may have permanently stained teeth.

Children younger than 8 should not take Doxylan except as treatment for inhalational anthrax or if a doctor decides it's necessary.


Doxylan (dox" i sye' kleen) is a semisynthetic tetracycline that is used for mild-to-moderate infections due to susceptible organisms. Doxylan, like other tetracyclines, is active against a wide spectrum of gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria as well as against several rickettsia, spirochetes, chlamydia and mycoplasma. Unlike tetracycline and oxytetracycline, Doxylan has excellent oral availability and wide tissue penetration. Indications include upper respiratory, skin, or soft tissue infections due to susceptible bacteria, gonorrhea and syphilis in penicillin-allergic patients, non-gonococcal urethritis, acute pelvic inflammatory disease, epididymitis, oorchitis, Lyme disease, and as prophylaxis against traveler’s diarrhea. Doxylan is also used chronically as treatment of acne. Doxylan was approved for use in the United States in 1967 and is still widely used, with more than 11 million prescriptions filled yearly. Doxylan is available in multiple generic forms in capsules and tablets ranging from 20 to 100 mg, and as oral suspensions for pediatric use. Typical adult doses are 100 to 200 mg twice daily for 7 to 30 days. Parenteral forms for intravenous or intramuscular administration are also available. Trade names for Doxylan include Vibramycin, Oracea, Adoxa, Monodox and Doxycin. Common side effects include headache, dizziness, nausea, gastrointestinal upset, skin and tooth discoloration and rash.

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