Other uses for this medicine
Doxymycin may also be used for the treatment of malaria. It may also be used to treat Lyme disease or to prevent Lyme disease in certain people who have been bitten by a tick. It may also be used to prevent infection in people who were sexually attacked. Talk to your doctor about the possible risks of using this medication for your condition.
This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
What is Doxymycin?
Doxymycin is a tetracycline antibiotic that fights bacteria in the body.
Doxymycin is used to treat many different bacterial infections, such as acne, urinary tract infections, intestinal infections, eye infections, gonorrhea, chlamydia, periodontitis (gum disease), and others.
Doxymycin is also used to treat blemishes, bumps, and acne-like lesions caused by rosacea. Doxymycin will not treat facial redness caused by rosacea.
Some forms of Doxymycin are used to prevent malaria, to treat anthrax, or to treat infections caused by mites, ticks, or lice.
Doxymycin may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Q: I have rosacea and have been taking Doxymycin (40 mg). Is it OK to take this all the time?
A: According to the prescribing information, Doxymycin (Oracea) is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for safe and effective treatment of only the inflammatory lesions of rosacea in adults. It is approved as a 40-milligram dose of Doxymycin taken once daily in the morning on an empty stomach, one hour before or two hours after a meal and with a full glass of water. According to the same literature, Oracea was not proven effective beyond 16 weeks and not proven safe beyond 9 months. You may want to contact your health care provider for guidance on duration of therapy that best meets your needs. For more information regarding Oracea, you may want to visit our Web site: //www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/Doxymycin Beth Isaac, PharmD
Q: What is the most common use of Doxymycin mono 100 mg?
A: Doxymycin can be used for a number of different infections as follows: acne, anthrax, gum diseases, and rosacea, as well as bacterial infections such as chlamydia, typhus, tick bites, pneumonia, syphilis, gonorrhea, Lyme disease, plaque, malaria, and some urinary tract infections. It may also be used in people who have an allergy to penicllin. For more information, you can go to //www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/Doxymycin. Gerald R. Levy, RPh
See also Side Effects section.
Before taking Doxymycin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other tetracyclines (such as minocycline); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients (such as sulfites, soy found in some brands), which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: trouble swallowing, esophagus problems (such as hiatal hernia or reflux/heartburn).
Doxymycin may cause live bacterial vaccines (such as typhoid vaccine) to not work as well. Do not have any immunizations/vaccinations while using this medication unless your doctor tells you to.
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication.
This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Limit your time in the sun. Avoid tanning booths and sunlamps. Use sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors. Tell your doctor right away if you get sunburned or have skin blisters/redness.
Children younger than 8 years may be more sensitive to the side effects of Doxymycin, especially tooth discoloration. Tooth discoloration has also occurred in older children and young adults. Discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with the doctor.
This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy. It may harm an unborn baby. Consult your doctor for more details.
This medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about Doxymycin.
6. How to cope with s >
What to do about:
- headaches - make sure you rest and drink plenty of fluids. Everyday painkillers, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, are safe to take with Doxymycin.
- feeling or being sick (nausea or vomitting) - stick to simple meals and do not eat rich or spicy food. It might help to take your Doxymycin after a meal or snack but avoid dairy products like milk, cheese and yoghurt. Dairy products can stop your body absorbing your medicine properly. If you are being sick, drink plenty of fluids, such as water or squash, to avoid dehydration. Signs of dehydration include peeing less than usual or having strong-smelling pee. Do not take any medicines to treat vomiting without speaking to a pharmacist or doctor.
- sensitivity to sunlight - when you go outside, wear sunglasses and clothes that cover you up. Put sunscreen or sunblock on your skin - with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 (if you have fair skin, you may need a much higher number than this). Also use a sunscreen product for your lips. Do not use sunlamps or tanning beds. If you get sunburn, there are things you can do to treat your symptoms.
8. Cautions with other medicines
There are some medicines that don't mix well with Doxymycin.
Tell your doctor if you're taking these medicines before you start taking Doxymycin:
- indigestion remedies (antacids)
- supplements which contain aluminium, bismuth, calcium, magnesium or zinc
- stomach ulcer medicines that contain bismuth
- iron supplements
- other antibiotics
- acne medicines which contain vitamin A, such as isotretinoin
- a blood thinner called warfarin
- medicines for epilepsy, such as phenytoin or carbamazepine
- ciclosporin, a medicine to damp down your immune system
Typhoid vaccine given by mouth may not work properly if you're taking Doxymycin. If you need a typhoid vaccine while taking Doxymycin, your doctor or nurse will give it by injection.